Giuseppe Povia

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Povia at the 2009 Sanremo Festival

Giuseppe Povia (also known as Povia; born November 19, 1972) is an Italian pop singer.


Born in Milan, he began teaching himself guitar. He taught himself how to play music by ear; by the time he was 20, he began to compose music. In 1999 he enrolled in the Academy of Sanremo where he met Giancarlo Bigazzi.

In his songs, Povia frequently takes on social issues. In 2003 he addressed bulimia with his song Mia sorella. In 2005 his single "Avamposto 55" talked about the children of Darfur. In 2006 he produced the album I bambini fanno: Oh from which the proceeds were used in a campaign he started to build hospitals in Darfur. It sold 200,000 copies and received special accolades from Sony BMG.

In 2009 he won second place in the 59th Sanremo Music Festival with his song "Luca era gay". Povia declared that the song is about Luca Tolve who he allegedly said has been reversing his homosexuality thanks to the therapies of Joseph Nicolosi.[1] He later said he himself had a gay phase and he got over it as well as helping two friends to get married who believed they were gay.[1]