Murubutu, whose real name is Alessio Mariani, was drawn to hip hop in the nineties. A philosophy and history teacher at the "Matilde di Canossa" school in Reggio Emilia, she started to reflect on the interaction between school and rap music. The intent is to make rap a medium to transmit cultural content without losing the focus on stylistic care. The result is a new sub-genre of music: didactic rap, materialised in 2006 with the release of the album "Dove vola l'avvoltoio" with La Kattiveria. Murubutu took on a kind of solo project in 2009, developing the link between rap and narrative, in which classic hip hop sounds blend with poetic-accented, singer-songwriter lyrics. In 2011 Murubutu won second prize in the 'G. Daffini' National Prize for Storytellers with "Anna e Marzio". Murubutu's musical output up to now is represented by four albums distributed by the Bologna-based label Irma/Mandibola records: "Il giovane Mariani e altri racconti" (2009), "La bellissima Giulietta e il suo povero padre grafomane" (2011), "Gli ammutinati del Bouncin' ovvero mirabolanti avventure di uomini e mari" (2014) and "L'uomo che viaggiava nel vento e altri racconti di brezze e correnti" (2016).
(photo: © Sara Cerasoli)