He’s the biggest Italian breakout artist of the year. With his Eurovision 2019 entry “Soldi” reaching more than forty million streams on Spotify, Mahmood is off to a massively successful start in his musical career. And now, he’s continuing to build momentum following his participation on the new star-studded song “Calipso”.

This track is the latest hit from Italian rapper Charlie Charles, whose song “Peace & Love” topped the Italian charts back in 2018. For this latest song, he’s uniting forces with Dardust, Sfera Ebbasta, Fabri Fibra and of course Mahmood.

Charlie Charles with Dardust (feat. Sfera Ebbasta, Fabri Fibra and Mahmood) – “Calipso”

The outcome is an electronic pop song that sounds just as contemporary and fresh as Mahmood’s own debut album. Indeed, Italian fans already seem to love the new song. It debuted at number one on the Italian Spotify charts upon its release last Friday, and has remained at the top for the last five days.

Lyrically, the song has an inspirational message to find your inner personality and not to wait for miracles. Instead, the main force lies within your own soul.

As Sfera Ebbasta sings: “people wait for miracles with open, arms, yeah, like tentacles”. But he goes on: “nobody will search for your heart”.

The song is accompanied by a strong melody that continues throughout the entire song. Yet, there’s a variation within the instrumentation for the chorus. Additional elements, including percussion instruments, keep changing the song’s climate, and ensure that the listener doesn’t get bored part way though. Instead, we want to put it on replay, replay, replay, yeah!

The overall product is a song that sounds as fresh as a 2019 summer hit would be. Indeed, with Eurovision right around the corner, maybe this would be a good opportunity to promote the song to other countries and get a crossover summer smash. “Calipso” featuring Sean Paul anyone?!

What do you think of “Calipso”? And how does it compare to Mahmood’s Eurovision entry? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Iris
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Iris

Mahmood is a very open artist because he always says he likes featuring and collaborations, singing with other singers or writing lyrics also for others (like Marco Mengoni ). He is generous because for example Hola could be a great success also sung by him, the author. He’s creative and likes also to be contamined by different musical genres, even though his particular kind of music is, as he calls it, Marocco pop, a mix between R&b, oriental sounds….

JusticeForMaruv
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JusticeForMaruv

This morning I realised why I find this song so catchy. The accordion-like sounds after the chorus remind me of Muerdeme. 🙂

Pizza
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Pizza

Maria ‘s song is better than Miki but you’re rigth!I’m italian and I like Maruv

Mike Smith
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Mike Smith

It’s awful just like his Eurovision song .. if this is the state of the music industry today I despair.

Laura
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Laura

If you want to despair you can do it; no problems for us.

Fabio romano
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Fabio romano

I see here three new girls, clara,serena and pizza..they are very interesting , sweet and especially are crazy of Mahmood like me.. I also love this song Calipso and with a fantastic voice like that of Mahmood could only be a success…
Obviously like all the songs of Mahmood This song also has a profound meaning ..it will be a summer hit
A hug to Clara Serena and pizza

La Signora
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La Signora

I need to know all the Italians here on wiwibloggs, come on Italian squad 🙂

Pizza
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Pizza

This song is really epic.Mahamood’s voice makes it hypnotic.It’s so WoW!

Laura
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Laura

The rythm of this song is catchy, the lyrics and the message are deeper than one can imagine at a first time listening, and the voice of mahmood fits perfectly in the refrain; in these days they are recording the video in the beautiful city of Naples.

David F
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David F

Wonderfully colourful shirts !

Serena
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Serena

Apparently just a summer hit, this song let you decide how deep you wanna dig into its many layers of meaning. The top italian producer Charlie Charles, top representative of trap scene (Sfera Ebbasta) and rap (Fabri Fibra) along with Mahmood together in a song that traces a parallel between two worlds with nothing in common (but ‘kids and outlaws at my gigs’. does the artist have a responsibility in this?): the world of the kids lured by mob bosses to do their bidding with the shiny promises (Calypso seduction) of the baby gang “prestige” in the narrow world of… Read more »

Clara
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Clara

Serena, thank you very much for your interesting comment about the song.
The lyrics
“Run, child, through the alleys
A hundred sirens at the corners
Noboby’s going to search into your heart
Calypso”, the reference to the writer Roberto Saviano describing this world of Napoli lanes’ baby gang, is so evocative and aroused a new feeling in me about the song…

Polegend Godgarina
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this song is awful n he shouldn’t have sold out like that. i get it that sfera ebbasta is most middle schoolers’ idol but he’s a literal laughing stock other than being completely talentless n mahmood should kno better than fish for those prepubescent spotify streams

Clara
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Clara

Hi Polegend, please read the comment of Serena above.
At the beginning I thought the same of you, I was prejudiced above all because there is one singer in the group I don’t like, but then I understood there is more deepness in this song than it could appear at first…
And Mahmood is a creative and versatile artist, he did also other great collaborations with rappers , like the song “doppio whisky” with gue pequeño that is amazing.

Serena
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Serena

This is what actually italians listen to – by no means to il volo 🙂 The song is produced by Charlie Charles that happen to be the current top producer in italy, Fabri Fibra and Sfera Ebbasta, respectively representing the Rap and Trap scene, and Mahmood whose sound i would describe more like r&b. Apparently just a summer bop, but with many layers of meaning if you dig under the surface. The kids running in the street of Neaples recalls in italian minds the teenage boys seduced with the promise of money and some sort of popularity by mob’s bosses… Read more »

Clara
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Clara

I put the english translation of calipso that I found, for people who are not Italian, to understand the meaning of the song. Yes it sounds like a summer hit but the lyrics have a meaning, remember Calypso was a nymph in Greek mythology, who lived on the island of Ogygia, where, according to the Odyssey, she detained Odysseus for seven years. In this songs she represents these false values like success, money that can keep you away from the true values like family, love, friendship… The live version is better because Mahmood’s voice is so unique, it sounds better… Read more »

Effe
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Effe

Clara keep the good content coming! 🙂 Appreciate it!

EuroSluuutty
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EuroSluuutty

Issa whole vibe. Mahmood is for the culture he’s a real creative individual. Has put out a whole album and is not a one hit wonder perioooodT

Baloonbleu
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Baloonbleu

IMHO the live version (you can find it on Youtube) is waaaay better than the studio one, ’cause Charlie Charles is used to filling voices with tons of autotune: he’s a trap producer.

startaglia
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startaglia

In all the live versions I have found of the song, Mahmood’s voice is not very clear as if the instrumental part was too loud and covered his magnificient voice. I have this song on repeat since it got out though