Jueves 11 de Abril de 2002, Ip nº 12

Lorenzo the great
Por Marina Macome

Jovanotti - Manu Chao's friend and Bono's collaborator -, talks about his latest record, Fifth World, which gathers, among other eccentricities, severe critics against the G8 and Oriana Fallaci, and which has provoked a great fuss in Europe because of its rough anti-war message.

- What does Fifth World represent to you?

(...) We speak of a fifth world because we simply believe that there can be a world which is neither the first nor the third. A world which doesn't divide us in different worlds. It's a provocation, a word game with an ethical content.

- Why have you submerged in a TV marathon to present the single?

(...) The main idea was to take a song about peace and madness where music is less protected. To get it out of a serene realm and plant it violently where consensus is manufactured and public opinion is made. (...)
Our voice is one of very few that imposed in the media against the war in Afghanistan.

- Who are the crows the song mentions?

All those who during last year's G8 were defined as the block: those who hide behind an idea to disparage people who really believe in those ideas and truly want to attain a better world.


I'm not an elitist artist. I'm not an intellectual who lowers the communication level to reach everybody and sell more discs. My thoughts are means: I don't level upwards nor downwards.


- Another of the songs talks about thirteen ways to save the world... which one represents in your opinion the worst evil of out time?

The thirteen ways thing is a rhetorical figure. But it is indispensable that we understand we must find the way to stop the violence, which is doubtlessly the worst evil of our time. And when I say violence, I also say economical violence.

- There was an inflection point when you decided that your music should include humanist messages...

I'm not a volunteer, but through my music I can help people doing voluntary work; I'm not a politician but through my music I can help a certain kind of political struggle; I'm not a missioner but through my music I can help people in the missions. They do the real job, I'm just a musician.


I'm aware of the fact that many of my arguments may sound commonplace or obvious, because I speak of life, love, man, nature, things usually children and fools speak of.


I'm not non-global, meaning I don't believe in closed societies, simply because music is in itself the most open thing in the whole world. I believe in globalization and I accept the challenge that implies, because I want rules to regulate it. What scares me is that behind the word 'globalization' might hide new ways of colonization.

- What do you think today of the effects of the rap "Cancella il debito"?

Every time I think of the phrase 'cancel the debt' I think of the meaning behind it: children who will have the chance to grow with both their legs, old people who won't starve to death. I'm not a dreamer or a utopist.

- What will the world be like in 10 years' time?

I think right now I can't imagine what it'll be like within two months. We're on a breakpoint.

- What is the world's navel today, in your opinion?

My daughter, my family, my home.

Translation by Carolina Friszman

For reading the complete article (in Spanish), click here.

  15/03/2002. Radar Magazine.


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