Donna d'Onna

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"Donna d'Onna"
Single by Gianna Nannini, Laura Pausini, Giorgia, Elisa & Fiorella Mannoia
from the album Amiche per l'Abruzzo
Released 28 May 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded San Siro Stadium, 21 June 2009
Genre Pop
Length 4:33
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Gianna Nannini, Isabella Santacroce
Producer(s) Madraxa
Laura Pausini chronology
"Donna d'Onna"
Gianna Nannini chronology
"Donna d'Onna"
"Ogni tanto"
Elisa chronology
"Someone to Love"
"Donna d'Onna"
Giorgia chronology
"Donna d'Onna"
"Il mio giorno migliore"
Fiorella Mannoia chronology
"Donna d'Onna"
"Se veramente Dio esisti"

"Donna d'Onna" (English: Woman from Onna) is a song written by Italian singer-songwriter Gianna Nannini and Italian novelist Isabella Santacroce.[1] It was written by Nannini after visiting Onna, L'Aquila, in central Italy, in the days following the earthquake of 6 April 2009, specifically to be performed by Nannini with Laura Pausini, Giorgia, Elisa and Fiorella Mannoia during the mega-concert Amiche per l'Abruzzo, held at the San Siro sadium in Milan on 21 June 2009.

The recording of the live performance was released as a single in May of the following year. All net proceeds from the track were donated to the territory hit by the earthquake.[2]

Background and composition[edit]

On 6 April 2009, an earthquake occurred in the region of Abruzzo, in central Italy, causing the death of more than 300 people.[3] A few weeks after the event, Italian singer Laura Pausini decided to organize a mega-concert at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, involving all the Italian female singers who decided to accept her invitation or expressed the willing to participate in the event.[4] The concert was presented on 7 May 2009, during a press conference held by some of the participating artists, together with the Italian Minister of Education Mariastella Gelmini.[5] During the press conference, it was revealed that funds raised through the concerts would be used to rebuild the elementary school Edmondo De Amicis in L'Aquila, to build wooden houses and to support the Nonprofit organization Aiutiamoli a vivere.[5]

From left to right: Fiorella Mannoia, Laura Pausini, Gianna Nannini, Elisa and Giorgia performing the song during the concert Amiche per l'Abruzzo on 21 June 2009.

Before confirming her participation in the project, Italian singer Gianna Nannini decided to visit some of the areas hit by the earthquake, including Camarda and Onna.[2] The visit gave Nannini the inspiration to compose the song "Donna d'Onna". In an interview released to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Nannini explained:

"When I went in Abruzzo, I met many women and their pain is still in my eyes, and it made me cry. These are hugs I will never forget. And women are the symbol of future."[6]

Nannini wrote the song together with Italian novelist Isabella Santacroce, expressively to perform it during the concert Amiche per l'Abruzzo together with Laura Pausini, Elisa, Giorgia and Fiorella Mannoia,[6] who served with Nannini as the frontwomen for the event.[5] The song, written in five fourths,[2] was described by Nannini as a "soul song".[6] It was arrangend by British music producer Wil Malone and it was produced by Madraxa, a collective name used to indicate the five artists performing the song.[7]

About 55,000 tickets were sold for the concert, and "Donna d'Onna" was performed as the second last song of the event, before the collective performance of Lucio Battisti's "Il mio canto libero".[8] The live performance was recorded and included in the video album Amiche per l'Abruzzo, released in June 2010.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song, for a total length of 4 minutes and 33 seconds, was filmed during the live performance at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, and it was directed by Gaetano Morbioli[7] and produced by Run Multimedia.[10] It was premiered on the evening of 27 May 2010 on's channel "Music Video".[11]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Donna d'Onna" – 4:33


Chart (2010) Peak
Italy (FIMI)[12] 8
Italy Airplay (Nielsen Music)[13] 21


  1. ^ "A San Siro Amiche per l'Abruzzo". TGCOM (in Italian). Mediaset. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Radio-Date Donna d'ONNA". 27 May 2010. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  3. ^ John Hooper (28 April 2009). "Pope visits Italian village hit hardest by earthquake". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Concerti, Laura Pausini e colleghe a San Siro: si aggiungono altri nomi" (in Italian). 28 April 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Concerti, Amiche per l'Abruzzo il 21 giugno a Milano (San Siro)". 7 May 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Andrea Laffranchi (18 June 2009). "Gianna Nannini: con le Amiche il mio brano nato tra le lacrime". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). p. 44. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Arriva Donna d'Onna". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 26 May 2010. Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Le sorelle d'Abruzzo e i 55mila fan". TGCOM (in Italian). Mediaset. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Esce Donna d'Onna, il singolo della Nannini". La Stampa. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Antonella Gullotti (27 May 2010). "Laura Pausini e Giorgia insieme in Donna d'Onna" (in Italian). Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "MusicVideos: anteprima Rockol, il video 'Donna d'Onna' di Amiche per l'Abruzzo" (in Italian). 27 May 2010. 
  12. ^ " – Laura Pausini, Gianna Nannini, Giorgia, Elisa & Fiorella Mannoia – Donna d'Onna". Top Digital Download.
  13. ^ "Music Control: Ligabue e Cremonini ancora in testa" (in Italian). 6 June 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2012.