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This edition: December 2011 - Holiday Pgm-Zucchero, Terroni & Polentoni

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Episode Details

Original tape date: December 22, 2011.

First aired: December 28, 2011.

First on this Holiday edition of ITALICS is our USA exclusive video interview with Italian Rock Star Adelmo "Sugar" Fornaciari, better known around the world simply as Zucchero, or Sugar. Zucchero stopped by The Calandra Institute, before performing at the Beacon Theater in New York City in support of his new album "Chocabeck", to talk about his long career in music, his many amazing musical friends, and just exactly what does "Chocabeck" mean? (It's Italian dialect for "nothing to eat").

As both a Singer and Songwriter, Zucchero's music breaks sales records and sells out concerts in countries throughout Europe and all over the world. From the mid to late 1980's right through 'til today, Zucchero has been one of the most successful, popular and prolific Rock Musicians in Italy, with international record sales of more than 40 million units. During the course of Zucchero's long and varied career he has had many friends, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Bono, Sting, Brian Wilson, Randy Jackson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Solomon Burke, some of the most illustrious names in music, record and perform with him with over the years.

ITALICS talks with Sugar Fornaciari about his lifelong passion for Black American Music, Memphis Soul, Southern Blues, Gospel, New Orleans R & B, why the River Po reminds him of the Mississippi River, and how we can all get on Lunisiana Time, and enjoy Lunisiana Soul.

ILICA, the Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance, held its seventh annual CE, or Cultural Event recently, Terroni e Polentoni , a Conference and Gala Awards Dinner dedicated to Italy's "Southern Question" . The Conference, Terroni e Polentoni, featured Pino Aprile, Author of Terroni, and Lorenzo Del Boca, Author of Polentoni & Italian Jourmalist Emeritus, among a distinguished panel, and investigated and debated the age old division in Italian Society between the North and the South, known as the "Southern Question." The Conference was held at St. John's University's Manahattan Campus.

ILICA's 7th Annual CE closed with a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony held at Pier 60 in Manhattan celebrating the Conferees and other important members of the Community. Mr. Aprile and Mr. Del Boca, along with John Marino of NIAF and Letizia Airos of I-Italy were among those honored.

Guest List

Pino Aprile Author

Lorenzo Del Boca Author

Adelmo "Sugar" Fornaciari

John Marino Executive Directorq, NIAF

Cav. Vincenzo Marra President & Founder, Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance/ILICA

Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD. Dean and Executive Director, The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute