MadonnaTribe meets Bo.Da’
The MadonnaTribe team had the chance to speak with Bo.Da’, the Italian band that has recently released an interesting record in which
they revisits some of Madonna‘s greatest song in a unique Jazzy style. Let’s go behind the scenes of this fascinating project
exclusive interview with group members Deborah, Fabio, Giorgio and Umberto and their Madonna in jazz.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview. To read it in full click on the image below.
MadonnaTribe: This record is a Jazz/trip hop homage to Madonna. How did you come up with the idea?
BO.Dà – Deborah: I came up with the idea. I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while… why Madonna? Well, because she’s the opposite of jazz music and because a lot of people might have enjoyed the project: the “old” fans and the new ones… I mean, who doesn’t know Madonna?
MadonnaTribe: How did you choose the songs to be included in the album? Did you follow a specific criteria in the selection, for example, the most famous hits or the songs you like the most?
BO.Dà: The criteria is based on the songs that could be better adapted to jazz and bossa arrangements, the style we wanted to give the record. We gave La Isla Bonita a bossa treatment and Holiday became a swing track, having in mind a Madonna from the ’30s: it wasn’t hard to do as she’s quite chameleontic and picturing her in various ages and different settings comes quite natural.
MadonnaTribe: One of the songs you chose is Paradise (Not For Me). It’s a very peculiar song, not only because the way it was born (it was originally a song by Mirwais featuring Madonna that “returned” to her music legacy with the Music album), but also for its misterious and melancholic nature, and thanks to it’s dark and criptic video it has become one of the most favourite Madonna songs ever for many fans.
Why did you select Paradise and what about the “trip hop meets tango and musette” reminiscenses you put in it?
BO.Dà: We didn’t know it was a fans’ favourite! Is that for real? We are happy of that, it means we had a good intuition…
Let’s say that Fabio Naponiello suggested it to Deborah Bontempi who, to make it personal, opted for tango and musette, and called Max Tagliata, a very renowned accordion player. They recorded the piano and musette track in one evening.. then the sax solo by Carlo Atti was added and the viola by Tiziano Zanotti completed the job.
All images courtesy of BO.Dà – used by permission.
This interview © 2007 Madonna Tribe.