Rome, Italy – Ending days of controversy, the lead singer of one of Italy’s most popular singing groups has announced he will decline to appear Friday in observance of Shabbat.
Italian newspaper DiariodelWeb (http://bit.ly/XGcpX8) is reporting that Raiz (Gennaro Della Volpe), lead singer of the highly popular Neapolitan reggae-dub group Almamegretta, will not perform live with the group during their appearance at the San Remo song festival this Friday.
Raiz, who converted to Judaism many years ago, has remained observant ever since.
Representatives for Almamegretta say no decision has been made yet as to whether the group will use a pre-recorded video of the group performing, or perform without their lead singer.
The five-day San Remo festival, which dates back to 1951, is one of Italy’s most celebrated events.