The leader of the Catholic Church, the Pope is releasing a rock album, according to reports.
Rolling Stone reports that ‘Wake Up!’ will be released on November 27 and sees the Pope speaking on a variety of world issues in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
The album was produced in collaboration with numerous musicians, including artistic director Don Giulio Neroni.
Neroni told Rolling Stone: “For many years, I’ve been the producer and the artistic director of albums by the Pope. I had the honor to work with John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis.
“As in the past, for this album too, I tried to be strongly faithful to the pastoral and personality of Pope Francis: the Pope of dialogue, open doors, hospitality. For this reason, the voice of Pope Francis in Wake Up! dialogues music. And contemporary music (rock, pop, Latin etc.) dialogues with the Christian tradition of sacred hymns.”
Tony Pagliuca, who appears on the album, said: “In the Seventies, I founded the prog-rock band Le Orme and topped the charts, toured Italy and UK and had the chance to collaborate with international artists like Peter Hammill and David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator). During the years, I also made an important journey of faith. When Don Giulio Neroni asked me to collaborate on this CD, I immediately accepted with enthusiasm. Putting my music in the service of the words and the voice of Pope Francis has been a fantastic experience and a very interesting artistic challenge.”
Listen to a track from the album, ‘Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!’, below. It mixes post-rock with electronica.
The album’s tracklisting is as follows:
‘Annuntio Vobis Gadium Mangum”
‘Poe Que’ Sufren Los Ninos’
‘Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!’
‘La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!’
‘Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!’
‘La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!’
‘Per La Famiglia’
‘Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser’