FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2017
Michéal Castaldo releases Next Italian digi single, “AFRICA,” from New CD “Cinecitta Canta,” Marking the 35th Anniversary of 1982 Toto Hit
Michéal Castaldo releases “AFRICA,” a HD digital single (A 3D Binaural Recording Mix) from his new CD, “Cinecitta Canta,” on Vital Records on September 29, 2017, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of when the original song by the band TOTO went to #1 on Billboard. Recorded and performed by Castaldo in Italian, the digital single is available via streaming only on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Prime Music Unlimited, Youtube and other digital music streaming websites everywhere.
Castaldo wrote the Italian lyrics and co-produced this single with Norwegian composer/producer, Stein Berge Svendsen, who co-produced many of Castaldo’s singles, including “Il Mio Cuore Va,” “Pray'r,” “Take My Breath Away,” and “Amo L’America.” The music for “AFRICA” was originally written by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro.
Castaldo, an Italian tenor, producer, and songwriter who sings in the style of Andrea Bocelli and beyond, is honoring this famous song because of the connection between the band, Toto, and the incredible music it has released over the years. The band consisted of several top LA session musicians, three of whom were Italian-American brothers (Jeff, Steve, and Mike Porcaro). In 2012, the UK’s NME (New Music Express Magazine) named AFRICA one of the top 50 songs of all time with an explosive chorus. Michéal’s rendition features Jason Bonham (son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer) and was recorded in seven different countries. (Italy, Poland, UK, Norway, South Africa, Canada and USA)
The reason for the CD’s title, “Cinecitta Canta,” is Italy’s “Cinema City” in Rome, where some of the most memorable movie magic happened in Italy by directors and producers such as Federico Fellini, Dino De Laurentiis, Franco Zeffirelli, and Carlo Ponti. American films, such as Ben Hur, The Passion of the Christ, and Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, were filmed in Rome as well.
Africa and Italy have an interesting history. During Roman times the Roman Empire extended into North Africa. The Moors of Africa conquered Sicily and Southern Italy and ruled over them for over 100 years. In the early 1900s, Italy colonized the African countries of Libya and Ethiopia, which gained their independence from Italy after WWII. More than 70K Italian immigrants live in South Africa. And, famed tenor, Sergio Franchi, got his start in South Africa before he moved to the USA in the 1960s.
On a personal note, Michéal and his wife Bozena danced the first dance at their NYC wedding in 2003 to “AFRICA.” Michéal performed in South Africa in 2012, where they met many Facebook fans. And, the cover shot for his “Bergamot” CD was taken there by celebrated South African photographer, Fiona Johnson.
Castaldo is an award-winning Italian tenor whose rich operatic voice, strong but soft, is perfect in pitch and tempo and always on key. Castaldo, who studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, has toured North America and Europe, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Rainbow Room, Shea Stadium, Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Italy’s Teatro F. Cilea, and the Pescara Opera House. His passionate performances consistently thrill audiences with sweeping romanticism.
Caption: “AFRICA” CD cover (Photo credit: Mark Kopko), designed by Sitka Creations