Music Time – Road to Sanremo 2018: Mudimbi – Il Mago

The 2018 edition of the Festival di Sanremo, the most important national music competition in Italy, will take place from the 6th to the 10th of February. Every year many among the most famous Italian singers present their latest artistic production in what in sixty-eight editions has become a popular event that takes over the whole country – willing or not.

The competition is divided in two categories. On one side, there are the “Bigs”, namely artists with a successful career who are  well know by the mainstream public and have already participated at least once at the Festival.

Then there is the “Newcomers'” Section, which offer a nation-wide stage for young artists who, despite having often already years-long careers behind them and many followers among niches of public, are ready to jump into the mainstream and reach a wider public.

Other than these two categories, the Festival awards other kinds of prizes. Today, however, we will skip technicalities and other aspects of the festival and will focus instead on one of the most brilliant artists among this edition’s Newcomers, an artists that is something quite different from what the Festival of Sanremo usually offers. We are talking about Mudimbi, who is participating with the song “Il Mago”.

Mudimbi, whose full name is Michel Mudimbi, is an Italo-Congolese rapper from San Benedetto del Tronto, Marche. To make things easier we could define him “rapper”, but this is definitely a reductive term to describe his artistic evolution.

On a musical level, his production offers an interesting variety mirroring the long path of his artistic evolution. As stated by himself in an interview, he “started from rap to end up in the dancehalls because they offered open-mic stages […] From there [he] ended up to grime, dubstep, techno […]”. He aims to make his public to bounce, to enjoy the music following its rhythms, or to to make the people to fall  in a hypnotizing trance.

In his tracks he goes through many different genres while writing about a wide range of different topics and issues, never repeating himself and never being boring or lacking energy. He is spontaneous and brave, direct and honest, even when he tells us that the whole society is made up of basically just disgusting beings.

Despite this not-so-slightly negative vein that sometimes appears, or the vitriolic satire that characterizes some of his songs, the track he is presenting to the Festival represents his brightest side, the one that pairs uplifting music to a positive human message.

The theme of the lyrics is a quite classic one for mainstream-pop products: to survive life you need put things in perspective and not to stress yourself out for the problems you have. However, he manages not to be a dull repetition of an already heard thing. Instead, he offers us a incredibly catchy song that tells us not to delve into the bad things of life, since even when everything goes bad it is still good because life is still going: “My life is a fairy tale/There’s nothing that worries me/I solve what needs to be solved”. He also does not put himself on a pedestal, falling in the stereotype of the guy hardened by a difficult life. In fact, he just admit that his childhood was hard just as many other. He simply considers himself blessed for having his mother and her wise words on how important is to smile, despite everything. And being able to do so, to keep going on while being positive, it is the real trick of wizardry.

LYRICS

[Strofa 1]
C’è chi mi chiede: “Mudimbi, come stai?”
Se rispondo ‘tutto bene’, poi mi chiede ‘come mai?’
La gente guarda male se non sei pieno di guai
Meglio dire ‘son vegano e sto anche in mano agli usurai’
Faccio ciò che posso, non vivo a Dubai
Ho un conto in banca all’osso che nemmeno i macellai
Vivo la realtà, senza mentirmi mai
La mia dolce metà sembra la copia di un bonsai

[Bridge]
La mia vita va che una favola-la
Non c’è niente che mi preoccupa-pa
Risolvo ciò che c’è da risolvere-re
E compro una vocale per rispondere

[Hook]
Va-come va, va-come va ,come va
Va bene anche se male
Va-come va, va-come va , come va
Il trucco è farla andare
Bevo il bicchiere mezzo pieno finché mi ubriaco
E poi svanisco in un sorriso… come fa il mago
Il mago, il mago, ualà
Il mago, il mago

 [Strofa 2]
A complicare, siam tutti esperti
A esser felici, siam tutti incerti
La verità sta tra due concetti
Finché la barca va e Orietta Berti
Quindi sto sereno
Navigo tra le bollette
Rischio pure le manette
Canto queste canzonette
Evito chi si permette
Anche di mettermi alle strette
Vuole pure le mie chiappe
Le pretende fatte a fette
Mi godo la vita
Come un bimbo una matita
Come Rambo con un mitra
Come Cita una Ciquita
Vincerò questa partita
Ci scommetto la coolita
La strada va in salita ma non sento la fatica
Perché[Bridge]
La mia vita che una favola-la
Non c’è niente che mi preoccupa-pa
Risolvo ciò che c’è da risolvere-re
E compro una vocale per rispondere
 [Hook]
Va-come va, va-come va , come va
Va bene anche se male
Va-come va, va-come va , come va
Il trucco è farla andare
Bevo il bicchiere mezzo pieno finché mi ubriaco
E poi svanisco in un sorriso… come fa il mago[Strofa 3]
La mia infanzia è stata dura come tante
Senza padre e con il pieno di domande
Nonostante questo è andata alla grande
Ringrazio mia madre per le sue parole sante
Figlio mio, la vita è dura, lo confesso
Proverà a metterti in ginocchio troppo spesso
Tu sorridi lo stesso
Magari domani ci svegliamo
Tutti e due sotto a un cipresso[Hook]
Va-come va, va-come va, come va
Va bene anche se male
Va-come va, va-come va, come va
Il trucco è fall’andare[Outro]
Bevo il bicchiere mezzo pieno finché mi ubriaco
E poi svanisco in un sorriso… come fa il mago
Il mago, il mago ualà
Il mago, il mago c’est moi