From the school classroom, where he began to strum his first chords, to the courtroom and then back to school, this time in the dual role of singer and educator. I meet lawyer and artist Francesco Bolognesi in a gap between hearings, crossing Rome from one side to the other, the city which his song invites young people to feel as their home. He’s a citizen of the world, a tireless traveller but, above all, the writer of songs that share a subtle but tenacious aim: to convey social messages. “Riprendiamoci tutta la città” is a musical manifesto for the Retake Scuole project, backed by the Retake Roma association, the movement that has instigated a silent yet tangible revolution in active citizenship. Francesco has almost found fame, having studied at the Sanremo Academy, recorded two albums and had many other formative experiences in human terms even before his musical success. As a lawyer he’s well aware of the importance of proof, and he shows me a photo of the time he went to the Abbey Road Institute to record a track, thanks to a lucky coincidence. But he’s not interested in fame, and describes himself as “disconnected from the traditional world of artists”. His most recent releases focus on delicate issues such as women’s prisons and disability. The video “Riprendiamoci tutta la città” involved the Antonio Rosmini high school in Boccea, whose students, impressed by the song written and performed by Francesco - and now available online - decided to perform it with the school orchestra. Francesco’s music goes beyond the school walls and envisages the creation of a new kind of education, to share with the whole city.
The story has been written by Elisa Cappai, writer.
A song that speaks of active citizenship, born of the collaboration between a young lawyer and the Retake Roma movement.