On April 6th, at the Aldgate Tower, in the City of London, Happy Languages hosted the concert of Peppe Voltarelli, a famous Italian songwriter from Calabria. It has been an exciting evening where music, interviews and stories found their right place and time. The lovely atmosphere of the Aldgate Tower where the language school Happy Languages has its main office contributed to create an unique opportunity to listen to a real Italian songwriter, who dedicated his life to folk music and is spending it on the stages of half Europe and South America. A lot of people, Italians and English, came over to join this unforgettable moment.

The concert has been introduced by an interview to the artist, who has entertained his audience with his incredible stories which comprehend real experience of travels, love and fellowship. Peppe Voltarelli has seduced everybody’s heart with his sincere presence, his charisma and his passion for life. He is also socially engaged, and this is clear in his words and in the strength of his lively songs. His music is a mix of blues and folk, his songs are inspired to real life experiences and are influenced by the Italian folk traditions.

Peppe Voltarelli music has its roots in the heart of Italians, in their past of travellers, in their stories as migrants. He underlines the feelings of those who left their beloved country to get to promised lands, such as the States, Belgium, Germany or England. He reminds us who we were and underlines the importance of tolerance, acceptance and hospitality towards those who are now experiencing what Italians did over the past two centuries.

The audience loved the grace of his music, and laughed out loud with his funny stories about people he came across during his travels.

Peppe Voltarelli is an authentic songwriter, a pioneer of good music and tolerance: a real folk-bluesman from the Sibaritide.

Rita Fabbri