Patrizia Di Malta

Since I was 3 years old, me and my sister’s favourite entertainment was scatting solos and harmonisations on my father’s jazz and bossanova records; Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Joao Gilberto. When I was 14 my family moved to Rio de Janeiro. Feeded until that moment on soul music, Lou Reed and Patti Smith punk attitude, Pink Floyd, Mina and Battisti, in Brasil I got in touch with the minimalism of bossanova and Caetano Veloso tropicalist poetry. I started playing guitar and singing for friends. Back to Italy in the 80’s, I entered as lead vocals a band of school fellows, GRUPPOITALIANO, that in summer 1983 reached the highest positions in the Italian charts with the single TROPICANA. Performing it, I looked and sang like a mix of Betty Boop and Carmen Miranda. In the same year we won the “VOTA LA VOCE" prize as best revelation band of the year. In 1984, we took part in the Sanremo Italian Song Festival with my song “Anni Ruggenti". Our exhibition at the Festival conquers both critics and audience: we dressed like actors in a Tarzan Z-movie or an old cartoon, with two foam rubber palms play horns behind us. But as time went by, that tropical cliché started getting too tight for my musical ambitions. In 1986 I decided to leave the band, going where my musical instinct would lead me. From that moment on I set out in search of reference points, to discover my identity lost inside the band. I worked with various producers, writing and singing new tracks, but the work never came to the point: no label accepted my change of style. “Your songs are so sad! People know you as the happy "Tropicana girl", they say, “why should you make something different”? So I decided to start from the beginning, singing in little clubs, and recording background vocals for many Italian artists, such as Lorenzo Jovanotti and Pitura Freska, and writing lyrics for others.





Patrizia Di Malta

VITE POSSIBILI
MI 2023 - MILANO 2000
 
Patrizia Di Malta

ONDE
MI 2009 - SOLD OUT - MILANO 2000