Tuesday, January 27, 2009
La riva bianca, la riva nera - Äänesi mä kuulen
Katri Helena - our old friend - recorded "Äänesi mä kuulen" (I hear your voice) in 1971 and it was released as a single. It was in a bit different format that was to be expected from Katri. But anyhow, it became very popular song, and it still belongs to her most requested songs. The earnest anti-war lyrics were done by Hector. The original was an Italian song called "La riva bianca, la riva nera" (White river, black river) and performed by famous Italian songstress, actor and TV personality Iva Zanicchi in 1971. This song was one of her big hits. and tells a story about 2 soldiers tired of fighting and basically deciding not to go on any longer. Iva Zanicchi, was also known as "L'aqila di Ligonchio", "The Eagle of Ligonchio" (her birth place). Later years she has been active in many fields, posing for Playboy and becaming politically active. She's presently attending in The European Parliament as Italian representative.
Here's the pair: