DRAMA! There is no Sanremo Music Festival without polemics, and even this year the lovers of controversy may be satisfied.
In Italy in recent hours, there was no other topic of discussion: Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro, who entered Sanremo with the song “Non mi avete fatto niente”, are risking a disqualification from the contest.
Their entry is very similar to “Silenzio“, proposed by Ambra Calvani and Gabriele De Pascali for the Newcomers section of Sanremo 2016. They didn’t make the cut, but went to perform their song live on different occasions — including two appearances in national Italian festivals Musicultura and Premio Valentina Giovagnini.
Is it a plagiarism? No, it isn’t. That’s because the author of the two songs is the same, Andrea Febo. “We can talk of self-reference”, journalists say.
But rules are clear. To be accepted, a song must be “new”: unpublished, not previously sung live and without royalties gained.
The artistic director has still not made a decision in this case but the press… presses. In advance, the two singers have been suspended from performing tonight, awaiting investigation.
In the meanwhile, 36-year-old Italian-Albanian songwriter Ermal Meta has published a long outburst on his Facebook page:
It’s time to talk.
We have heard of plagiarism regarding our song of Sanremo and the bone of contention is a song written by Andrea Febo (Fabrizio’s historical collaborator) that was presented in the Selections of Sanremo Giovani 3 years ago, was discarded and NEVER commercialized.
Fabrizio, Andrea and I have kept a part of that song not to sacrifice something beautiful (which we have told in more interviews) and all three together we wrote a NEW song with a completely different meaning.
Plagiarize means to copy, but it is ABSURDLY RIDICULOUS considering that Andrea Febo has written with me and Fabrizio “Non avete fatto niente”.
We have also been authors for many years and have written many songs contributing to different successes for ourselves and others. Those who know us know it.
When we decided to tell a general mood with this song we did not do it to introduce ourselves to the Festival, but to talk about peace. We are very sorry for what is happening because we did not come to the festival to make fun of people, but to embrace it.
We are sure that everything will be for the best.