Vinicio Capossela (born 14 December 1965) is an Italian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist.
Capossela is renowned for the highly original and poetic lyrics of his songs. Many of them draw from traditions of Italian folk music, especially those of his parent's native Irpinia, part of the Campania province.
Some of his songs — especially in the album Marinai, profeti e balene ("Sailors, Prophets and Whales") — are inspired on world themes and legends (Canzone a manovella, Medusa) and world literature, such as Homer (Calypso, La lancia del pellide), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Santissima dei naufragati), Joseph Conrad (Lord Jim), Herman Melville (Billy Budd, La Bianchezza della Balena), John Fante (Accolita dei rancorosi), Oscar Wilde (Con una rosa), Alfred Jarry (Decervellamento) and Geoffrey Chaucer (Corvo torvo). [ citation needed ]His musical style has been compared to that of Tom Waits.
He also published translations of original songs by other authors, including Bob Dylan (La nave sta arrivando), Vladimir Vysotsky (Il pugile sentimentale) and Markos Vamvakaris (Contratto per Karelias).
Capossela was born in Hannover (Germany) to Italian parents. His father Vito was from Calitri and his mother from Andretta, both towns in the Irpinia region of Campania. The name "Vinicio" was an homage to a famous accordion player admired by his father.
At an early age he returned to Italy with the family, that settled in the province of Reggio Emilia. Growing up, Capossela became popular in the underground musical scene of the Emilia-Romagna region. There he attracted the attention of Francesco Guccini, who introduced him to Club Tenco, an organization founded in 1972 to promote emerging songwriters. Capossela published his first album (All'una e trentacinque circa) in 1990. It was followed by Modì (1991) and Camera a Sud (1994). Capossela's big breakthrough happened in 1996 with the album Il ballo di San Vito.
Capossela always refused to discuss his private life. In 1994 he married an American modelbut the couple divorced after about two years.
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