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Biography of Mina

Mina, stage name of Anna Maria Mazzini (born in Busto Arsizio, Varese, 1940), made her singing debut for fun one summer at the Bussola club in Forte dei Marmi following a concert given by singer and erstwhile night-club idol, Don Marino Barreto Jr. She launched herself seriously into the then popular "rock-urlato" (screaming rock) genre and immediately enjoyed enormous success. Following her rock and roll period of the late fifties, she progressed to a much more refined genre in the early sixties, performing songs such as Gino Paoli's Il cielo in una stanza. She has subsequently never abandoned this genre, which allowed her to display her enormous singing talents to the full. Her popularity reached levels that have almost never been surpassed. From the mid sixties to the early seventies she was the star attraction of popular television variety shows, and for fifteen years she dominated the Italian charts with songs penned by leading songwriters such as Lucio Battisti and Riccardo Cocciante. Her last concert appearances were in 1978 with a series of thirteen fully-booked concerts broken off due to illness after an extra month had already been scheduled and held at the Bussola, the club where she had made her debut twenty years before. She had given up television appearances four years earlier. For the past two decades Mina has kept away from public life. She dropped out of show-business and moved to Lugano, taking Swiss citizenship in 1989. Nonetheless, she did not disappear entirely from the hearts of Italians or quit the record market, which she continues to dominate with dozens of old and new hits. She still records a CD every year (generally a double album), allowing her to retain her crown as queen of the Italian song genre. At the same time the market continues to turn out collections of her greatest hits (including some real rarities such as Mina in English, Spanish, in concert and on TV). Her voice is as fine as ever, perhaps now even more versatile and expressive than it was in the past. Her most recent albums include: Ti conosco mascherina (1990), Mina canta i Beatles (1993) and Canarino mannaro (1994), Mina Celentano, (1998) and Olio (1999). In late 1999 Mina re-recorded the hits of Rome-born singer-songwriter Renato Zero with the album N°0, which includes a duet with Zero entitled Neri. October 2000 saw the release of Dalla terra, a collection of pieces chosen from the Christian music tradition; the following year, with Sconcerto, the singer paid tribute to Domenico Modugno, another great name in Italian music, reproducing eleven of the Apulian singer-songwriter’s songs. Veleno, released in 2003, includes twelve songs, resulting from a year’s work, in which Mina has gathered some of Italy’s best artists. 

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Biography of Mina

Mina, stage name of Anna Maria Mazzini (born in Busto Arsizio, Varese, 1940), made her singing debut for fun one summer at the Bussola club in Forte dei Marmi following a concert given by singer and erstwhile night-club idol, Don Marino Barreto Jr. She launched herself seriously into the then popular "rock-urlato" (screaming rock) genre and immediately enjoyed enormous success. Following her rock and roll period of the late fifties, she progressed to a much more refined genre in the early sixties, performing songs such as Gino Paoli's Il cielo in una stanza. She has subsequently never abandoned this genre, which allowed her to display her enormous singing talents to the full. Her popularity reached levels that have almost never been surpassed. From the mid sixties to the early seventies she was the star attraction of popular television variety shows, and for fifteen years she dominated the Italian charts with songs penned by leading songwriters such as Lucio Battisti and Riccardo Cocciante. Her last concert appearances were in 1978 with a series of thirteen fully-booked concerts broken off due to illness after an extra month had already been scheduled and held at the Bussola, the club where she had made her debut twenty years before. She had given up television appearances four years earlier. For the past two decades Mina has kept away from public life. She dropped out of show-business and moved to Lugano, taking Swiss citizenship in 1989. Nonetheless, she did not disappear entirely from the hearts of Italians or quit the record market, which she continues to dominate with dozens of old and new hits. She still records a CD every year (generally a double album), allowing her to retain her crown as queen of the Italian song genre. At the same time the market continues to turn out collections of her greatest hits (including some real rarities such as Mina in English, Spanish, in concert and on TV). Her voice is as fine as ever, perhaps now even more versatile and expressive than it was in the past. Her most recent albums include: Ti conosco mascherina (1990), Mina canta i Beatles (1993) and Canarino mannaro (1994), Mina Celentano, (1998) and Olio (1999). In late 1999 Mina re-recorded the hits of Rome-born singer-songwriter Renato Zero with the album N°0, which includes a duet with Zero entitled Neri. October 2000 saw the release of Dalla terra, a collection of pieces chosen from the Christian music tradition; the following year, with Sconcerto, the singer paid tribute to Domenico Modugno, another great name in Italian music, reproducing eleven of the Apulian singer-songwriter’s songs. Veleno, released in 2003, includes twelve songs, resulting from a year’s work, in which Mina has gathered some of Italy’s best artists. 

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trasp.gif (837 byte)

Italica is a Rai International production. The material displayed on this site is protected by copyright and is available for informative purposes only