‘Half-black’ Italian star is dead, aged 59main
Pino Daniele, one of the first Italian singer-songwriters to embrace other cultures, died of a heart attack this weekend.
A neapolitan guitarist, he played in 197s bands before releasing Terra mia (my country), which crossed tarantella rhythms with blues and rhumba. He followed it with Nero a metà (half-black), an important early marker in Italy’s engagement with multiculturalism.
He worked with Bob Marley, Richie Havens and a range of Arab and African musicians.