Francesca Aloisio

Francesca Aloisio

Francesca is both an International Relations graduate and a dancer living in Rome. She is particularly interested in international issues, intercultural learning and culture sharing, as well as music and arts. She is currently a consultant for the UN agency IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) in the communication division.
  • Excuse Me Mr. – Ben Harper

    Someone may know Ben Harper only for his music which is a mix of rock, reggae, soul and folk, but this amazing artist is involved in many different activism campaigns, from defending the environment to fighting against poverty and hunger. ‘Excuse Me Mr’ is included in the album Fight for Your Mind,...
  • The Orange Team

    Exactly four months ago, on May 1st 2015, a group of 500 people gathered together in Trento, a small city in Northern Italy, to celebrate the centennial of the American Field Service (AFS). During those days, the population of Trento also saw a particular group of  people of different...
  • Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

    1970, the World starts to care about the environment’s future establishing the first Earth Day on April 22. A year later the single Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) was released from Marvin Gaye’s most successful album What’s Going On, instantly becoming one of the anthems of the environmental movement, reaching...
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    Black, Brown and White

    Big Bill Broonzy (1893-1958) has been an African-American idol for the first 20 years of his career. He began as a blues singer, songwriter and guitarrist, but he reached the pinnacle of success in the 1950s becoming the leading figure of the American folk music revival. ‘Black, Brown and...
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

    Pete Seeger wrote the first three verses of the song in 1955, while on a plane going to a concert in Ohio. He was inspired by a passage from a traditional Ukrainian folk song which he had read about in the novel  And Quiet Flows the Don written in 1934 by...
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    We Shall Overcome

    “We Shall Overcome” became super popular in 1963 when Joan Baez recorded it and played it during several civil rights marches, but its origins are much older. It probably derives from a gospel song from 1903 by Philadelphia reverend Charles Tindley and with the years passing, the lyrics have had several...
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    Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan

    Who has never heard Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door? Who has never sung the refrain over and over again? Who doesn’t link the song to a particular moment in his life? This is the great thing about music, everyone can relate to it over time, and Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door...
  • Help to Sing Redemption Song – Bob Marley

    ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley is one of those songs that stick in the head of anyone who listens to it, because it brings together the strength of the lyrics and the sweetness of the melody. Recorded entirely acoustically, it differs from any other Marley’s songs, so much that...
  • A Playlist for the International Day of Happiness

    The International Day of Happiness, celebrated on March 20th, was established by United Nations General Assembly in 2012, with a resolution adopted by all 193 member states that, recognizing the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal, aims to give happiness a greater priority. Every year, on this day, many...
  • The Ultimate Reality Show: from Game to Grief

    I have always been very sceptical about reality shows that put on screen the difficulties of life without taking into account that there are people in the world who actually have to go through a countless number of adversities in order to survive. But this thought of mine has...
  • Searching for Music Across Mali

    What happens when a musician and teacher from the U.S. decides to travel all over the West African nation of Mali and dig into the musical tradition of the region? The answer is the project Instruments4Africa: a series of documentaries with the purpose of spreading and preserving musical traditions...
  • Indonesia Makes a Sharp U-turn on Virginity Tests

    Most students in the world may think that in order to get their high school diploma they would have to meet certain requirements: good grades, good attitude towards school, good relationship with teachers and classmates. In Jember, East Java’s third largest urban area with a population of 300.000, lawmakers...