Italy: Jalisse returns to the spotlight with Ora

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Italian duo and Eurovision 1997 representatives Jalisse have released the music video for their latest single Ora.

Musical duo Alessandra Drusian and Fabio Ricci, better known as Jalisse, has unveiled the official music video for their song Ora (“Now”).

Ora, written by Alessandra and Fabio themselves, is a very personal song for the couple: it recounts of their conviction and perseverance throughout the years, following their own path within the music business which finally became fruitful.

Celebrating 21 years in the spotlight since their Eurovision 1997 participation with Fiumi di parole, Jalisse is working on a new album. It’s been a rocky road for the duo, who are also a married couple, yet they remained confident in their musical choices, establishing themselves within the Italian music industry.

Ora marks the beginning of a new chapter in their career, presenting Jalisse anew, with a fresh flair and sound.

The music video for Ora, directed by Marko Carbone, was filmed in the Netherlands in Amsterdam and on the island Vlieland, where Jalisse recently participated in the Eurovision-themed event J’aime la Vlie.

Ora is available at iTunes.

About Jalisse

Jalisse consists of Alessandra Drusian and Fabio Ricci. Alessandra, known for her powerful haunting voice, is an accomplished vocalist who sang in various bands and in popular variety shows on television. Fabio made his debut with the band Vox Populi.

The two already met in Rome in 1990 and started working together from 1992 onwards, forming Jalisse in 1994.

Their name refers to a character from the popular TV-series The Cosby Show (I Robinson in Italian), while there’s also a relation to the Arabic word “jalasa”, meaning “to sit down and listen”, Jalis or Jalisa being a “companion who recounts stories and makes music”. Anis Al Jalis is a character from the Thousand And One Nights, a beautiful entertaining girl.

The couple has two daughters together, Angelica and Aurora.

For more information about Jalisse and their upcoming events, visit their official website, Facebook-page and Twitter.

At Eurovision

In 1997, Jalisse won the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival with the enigmatic ballad Fiumi di parole (“Rivers of words”), surpassing prominent Italian artists such as Loredana Bertè (sister of the legendary singer Mia Martini, Eurovision 1977 and 1992), Italian-Albanian star Anna Oxa (born Iliriana Hoxha, Eurovision 1989 alongside Fausto Leali), Al Bano (Eurovision 1976 and 1985 with Romina Power) and Toto Cutugno (Eurovision 1990 winner).

Fiumi di parole is a powerful song, which tells about two lovers who can’t understand each other anymore, being separated by rivers of words. If they could only speak to each other’s hearts, bridging the rushing floods of words and filling the uncomfortable silences…

Italy had not participated in Eurovision since 1993, yet opted to return to the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland. Following a riveting performance led by the charismatic Alessandra, Jalisse’s Fiumi di parole ultimately reached a very honourable 4th place, receiving 114 points.

Despite their success, Italian broadcaster RAI decided to leave Eurovision again, returning in 2011.