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Saturday evening My father was exhausted I've worked the whole day and I don't want to do anything. My mother was cooking dinner Her temper boiled over All week long I’m stuck in this house, I want to go out (pre-chorus) You get to see people I get to see this house You can do what you want But I want to go dancing (chorus) Let's Go, Razzietta, dancing We're going, dancing, Razzietta My mother was happier Mingling with people All the week long, stuck in this house waiting for the weekend (pre-chorus) The streets aren't made of money Our expenses are many The kids need something to eat but then I want to go dancing! (alternate chorus) Everyone has to go dancing Singing, dancing, doing Give life a kiss to make love Everyone has to go dancing Singing, dancing, doing (chorus) Let's go, Razzietta, dancing We're going, dancing, Razzietta
English translation: This is a town, where always you must ascend Look at it, by night, by night this town it looks like a Nativity scene created by artists who gave all of their heart and spirit to make it with this vista The streets and the stairs that climb look like silk under the lamp lights they run like so many children while the enchanted moon looks on Everywhere you turn, you see stone walls where capers and prickly pears are growing. When the summer comes, and the sun ripens them, it is a paradise full of stars
The poem basically says, take away someone's passport, the table where they eat, the bed they sleep in, and throw them in jail, and they are still free. But take away their language and they become enslaved. The poet compares disappearing dialect to having money you can't spend, or a song in a cage with its wings cut off.
I have dollars But I can't spend them Jewels But I can't give them as gifts A song, in cage With its wings cut off


“Like taking a cruise on the Mediterranean that somehow managed to stop in Bamako, Mali, Kingston, Jamaica, and Toronto, Canada.

“Imagine if Sicilian chocolate were music”

Muorica is the brilliant follow up to Michael Occhipinti's award winning "The Sicilian Jazz Project"and creates an eclectic sound all its own. Bringing together Sicilian poetry and folk songs with his own interests in jazz, global grooves and chamber music, Michael Occhipinti has assembled a stellar cast to create his new Sicilian Project. Featuring the passionate vocals of Dominic Mancuso and Pilar and such notable guests as clarinetist Don Byron, and the Cecilia String Quartet, the album is also a showcase for Michael Occhipinti's inventive guitar sounds and his refusal to be defined by any one genre.


released June 15, 2015

Michael Occhipinti - guitar
Dominic Mancuso - vocals
Pilar - vocals
Yvette Tollar - backup vocals

Maryem Tollar - vocals on Spunta lu Sole
Francesco Pellagrino - vocals on Cantu a Timuni

Don Byron - clarinet
Kevin Turcotte - trumpet
Louis Simao - accordion
Ernie Tollar - flute
Mark Kelso - drums
Roberto Occhipinti - bass
The Cecilia String Quartet

Produced by Michael Occhipinti and Roberto Occhipinti
Recorded, mixed, and edited at the Drive Shed, Toronto, 2015 by John Bailey, assisted by Taylor Koernohan. Mastered by Peter Letros at Wreckhouse Mastering, Toronto


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Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Project Toronto, Ontario

“A triumphant recording on many levels” Michael G. Nastos Billboard

Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Jazz Project dazzles audiences with its mix of Sicilian folk & jazz, global grooves, & chamber music, with old world Sicily meeting the global sound of Toronto. The group received a 2009 JUNO Award nomination (Canada’s Grammy) & the prestigious Ragusani nel Mondo Award ... more

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