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Adolfo Durante

Adolfo Durante presents with Amnesty International Italy and Voices for Freedom the single-A voice for you dedicated to prisoners of conscience

Adolfo Durante, Amnesty International Award Italia Emergenti 2015, publishes Wednesday, May 25 the single-A voice for you, written and produced by Enrico Andreini with the text by Sandra von Borries.

The song is inspired by the letter written by little Daudi to his father, Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for having founded Free Saudi Liberals, an online forum for debate on political, social and religious issues.

The moving words of Daudi, which exude the pain of a child forcibly left without the parent and which, at the same time, support the right paternal struggle, become a hymn to freedom and dignity, which Adolfo strengthens through his singing: his a full-bodied and charismatic voice sinuously joins moments more bent by the feeling and more intense tones of denunciation of abuses, giving life to a song-writing at times rocking, suggestive and really moving.

The song is co-produced by Voci per la Libertà and Amnesty International Italia, which since 2015 has adopted the case of Raif Badawi and continues to demand its release. The accompanying video clip A voice for you is shot by director Walter Ciurnella in the evocative setting of the former Perugia men’s prison and enhanced by the performance of the Iranian choreographer Afshin Varjavandi.

Here is the videoclip of Una Voce per te:

Adolfo Durante introduces A voice for you in his upcoming live shows included in the program of the 19th edition of the Voices for Freedom festival: June 18 for the Festival of 1000 young people for the new Music in Mantua , June 24 in Rovigo within the manifestation The prison in the square and on July 14th in Rosolina Mare for the opening night of Voices for Freedom – A Song for Amnesty.

On 18 June in Mantua, in addition to Adolfo Durante, two other artists linked to Amnesty International Italy participate in the Festival of 1000 young people for the new Music: Mud, Amnesty International Award for Emerging Italy 2014, and Anna Luppi, Web Award for Voices for Freedom in 2014.

On the occasion of the launch of Una Voce per te , Amnesty International Italy brings to the attention another case of prisoners of conscience, that of the Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, arrested on August 14, 2013 while he was following on behalf of the agency Londoner Demotix the violent eviction of a sit-in convened by the Muslim Brotherhood in Rabaa al-Adawiya, Cairo neighborhood in Egypt.

Mahmoud Abu Zeid is accused of “joining a criminal organization”, “murder”, “attempted murder”, “participation in a rally for intimidation, to create terror and put lives at risk”, “obstacle to public services “,” Attempt to overthrow the government through the use of force and violence, the display of force and the threat of violence “,” resistance to a public official “,” obstacle to law enforcement “and” disturbance to peace public “.

If found guilty, he risks the death penalty. The next hearing on his case is scheduled for May 31st.

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