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Italian Singer Won’t Perform at Sanremo Festival on Shabbat

The Sanremo competition is the most popular of its kind in Italy and receives worldwide attention.
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Popular Italian Reggae singer Raiz decided to give up his participation in Italy’s national music competition Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo (Sanremo Italian song festival) because his performance was scheduled for Friday night.

According to reports in Italy, Raiz, a Sabbath observer, decided to quit the competition when he found out when it was to take place.

The Sanremo competition is the most popular of its kind in Italy and receives worldwide attention.

Raiz (Gennaro Della Volpe) was born in Naples, April 22, 1967. Thanks to his friendship with keyboard player, composer, and sometimes producer for the Italian band Almamegretta, Raiz became the voice of Almamegretta.

Raiz converted to Judaism in 2009. Since then he’s been observing Jewish law and keeping Shabbat.

According to reports in Italy, Volpe announced to the members of his band, Almamegretta, where he is the soloist, that he won’t participate in the competition because of the date conflict, and presented them with two options: show a video of the band’s performance, or go on stage without him.

The Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo is a popular Italian song contest, held annually in the city of Sanremo, where previously unreleased songs compete for audience approval. It was the inspiration for the Eurovision Song Contest

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “Italian Singer Won’t Perform at Sanremo Festival on Shabbat”

  1. Avi Lazar says:

    Respect!

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    Those of us who work in environments where we easily get Friday night and Saturday off do not know the sacrifices that people in other careers need to make. Kudos to Raiz for letting the world know what is really important.

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