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Calogero at Paradis Beachcomber: “Music heals my fears”

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The French singer, composer and musician, Calogero spent a few days at Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa in November 2018 during his visit to Mauritius for a concert at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles.

Calogero is a frequent visitor to Beachcomber hotels and Mauritius; he has stayed quite a few times on Le Morne Peninsula since 2003. “I come here to take a break with my children,” he says. “I like the family feeling. The staff are the same every time and they are very kind and helpful. The properties are managed by a major hotel group but you can still feel the strong Mauritian tradition.”

After 2010 and 2016, he was back on the island for a third concert in eight years on Saturday 3 November 2018. He took the opportunity to introduce to the audience the songs from his seventh solo album, “Liberté Chérie”, which was released last year.


 

The artist, whose real name is Calogero Joseph Salvatore Maurici, has a career spanning 30 years since taking to the stage with the “Charts” in 1987. Talking about the longevity of his career, he stresses the importance of “never cheating”. For him, the audience can feel the sincerity of the artist.

His broad tastes range from film music to jazz and French music, and he says he is “musically open-minded and nothing fazes me.” He adds that, “Music heals my fears and with time, I realise that it does me a lot of good.”

Unlike others, he thinks that the music industry has always been a tough place. “I started my career at an early age and I’ve always witnessed that. There are only a few who succeed.” He finds it even more difficult for young musicians to start a career nowadays. “I started from nothing. I am a worker’s son, I was the lowest performer in class and we had no money. Music is not about money, even if you know that if you succeed, it’s like an El Dorado and you can have a better life,” he says.

When asked about how TV shows like “The Voice”, “Nouvelle Star” and “Star Academy” can contribute to the emergence of young talent in France, the singer admits that if such opportunities had existed when he started out, he would probably have seized them. “They are just a stepping stone. These are today’s tools; the tools are changing and you have to adapt,” he says.



 

Calogero believes that even if the Internet has done “wonderful things”, making it easier for an artist to gain recognition, it has also caused a lot of damage for those who live off their music. “Artists who were well off didn’t dare to speak out for fear of having the finger pointed at them. Everyone kept quiet and as a result, the Internet has got a little out of hand.”

After completing his “Liberté Chérie Tour” in February 2019, the French artist will work on fine-tuning the score for the sequel to Claude Lelouch’s cult film, “Un homme et une femme” (A Man and a Woman), which was shot this year. He signed the music with the late composer Francis Lai, who passed away a few days after this interview was conducted. “It’s a great pride for me to have a foot in film music.”

Calogero is now 47 years old and he thinks that, “There’s no reason to give in. I still feel inspired. On the contrary, I have the impression that the older I get, the more my creativity develops and grows.”