”With Romina? I have no relationship, we just say goodbye”
It’s a dream come true” that of Jasmine Carisi: in October, in fact, the first album of the daughter of Al Bano and Loredana Lecciso which has long since decided to undertake the father’s road: ”On the one hand, dad certainly helped me because he gave me visibility – admits Jasmine in an interview with Adnkronos – on the other, he made it more difficult for me to create my own identity. I’d like to be known for who I am, not just as a daughter of Al Bano”. Jasmine’s passion for music was born following her father ”around the concerts – explains the 22-year-old – I followed him together with my brother, he took us very often with him”. Another great source of inspiration for Jasmine were some foreign pop stars such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande which are, he explains, ”closer to the kind of music I love”. She determined to be a singer, the daughter of Al Bano and della Lecciso, who also made her debut as an actress in the historic American soap opera ‘beautiful’ where she plays the role of a model in a ‘Forrester Creation’ fashion show organized in Rome, she adds: “In life I don’t exclude anything, I had a lot of fun on the set but being an actress is not my calling: I want to sing” And think big: “My dream is to go to Sanremoget on that stage where even dad has been on so many times and to which all Italian singers aspire”.
In an interview recently released to Adnkronos, Al Bano reiterated that he suffered from ”acute sanremite” revealing that he wants to return as a singer in the competition on the Ariston stage: “I’m rooting for him – says Jasmine – I’d like to see him again in Sanremo”. Jasmine Carrisi debuts as a singer in 2019 with her first single ‘Ego’then comes ‘Calamite’, ‘Nessuno mai’ in duet with his father Al Bano and with the featuring of Clementino and finally ‘lovemelancholy’, the latter criticized by many of the young singer’s followers because of the video that portrays her as she rips open the chest of a giant bear with a knife: ”I don’t see what’s scandalous about it, the video tells of a girl who because of a disappointment in love, to let off steam, takes a stuffed animal and stabs it to vent all his anger”. When was the first time your father found out you could sing? “It was 2013 – he says – I had recorded an album dcovers in English while I was doing piano lessons and I played it to dad who was pleasantly surprised because he didn’t know that I sang and spoke in English. I am a very introverted person and before making a project and revealing it, it takes me some time. One of these covers was included in an album by him (by Al Bano, ed) but the song didn’t reflect my musical profile, so I decided to record a single that was closer to my pop nature ”.
Did Al Bano support you in his choice to become a singer? “Yes – replies the daughter – even if at the beginning both he and my mother (Loredana Lecciso, ed) rightly urged me to finish my studies”. And on the relationship with her parents Jasmine continues: “I am attached to both but in a different way: I like dad’s mentality based on ‘problem – solving’, his humility and his acceptance towards everyone, I like mom’s culture, is a woman who has studied a lot, and her attention and precision in doing things”. Jasmine, very active on social media, with over 217,000 followers on TikTok, recently decided to ‘clean up’ her Instagram profile, visited by over 118,000 followers, ”to bring it closer to my image as an artist who makes music rather than to that of an influencer”, he explains. Always at the center of gossip because of her ‘extended’ family (Al Bano had two children with Loredana and four with Romina Power) Jasmine admits: ”The gossip about my family bothered me a bit but I understand that the media are also interested in life deprived of my parents and by now I’m used to it”. What relationship do you have with the Roma’s children? “I have a different relationship with each brother – he reveals – having different ages and living in different cities, we are not all in constant contact but we love each other”. And with Romina?”I have no relationship with herit’s normal, after all she is my father’s ex-wife. We say goodbye and that’s it”, concludes Jasmine.
(by Alisa Toaff)