Award winning Jamaican singer Richie Stephens, front man of the newly formed Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band is back home after completing a grueling eight week tour of Italy. While in Salento, Stephens took on the herculean task of recording ‘O Sole Mio,’ regarded as the most well known Italian song in history.
Among the top tier musicians from Italy who contributed to the project were Maestro Antonio Calsolaro, one of the leading interpreters of the music of Salento, whose family has played the Mandolin for three generations; keyboards – Alessandro Garofalo; Luca Manno on Sax; Papa Leu – bass; Roberta Mazzotta, violin; Gianluca Ria on Tuba; Giancarlo Dell Anna, Tromba & trombone and Antonio ‘Fossa’ Migliwtta on drums. A video clip for the song, which was directed by movie-maker Federico Giannace Lucan was shot at the world famous “Giovanni Paisiello” Theatre of Lecce and at the ancient village of Specchia, Italy. The music video will have its world premier on OnStage TV this Saturday, September 24. The following day, the single will be available online on all digital platforms and stores. A dancehall remix of the song will also be available.