Singing star Buanne won’t tamper with success International star at Stambaugh

By John Benson

International singing sensation Patrizio Buanne has been busy of late.

Not only did he release the South African album “Dankie-Suid Afrika” in 2011, but this year he followed it up with a German effort, “Wunderbar.” The latter project has proved to be a European hit.

“I have done bonus tracks in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese but never recorded in German,” said Buanne, calling from Vienna, Austria. “I thought it was the time to do it. I speak several languages so I recorded an album in German. These are two albums that weren’t internationally released. They were only for those markets.”

Buanne pointed out in the past Julio Iglesias and even Elvis Presley would record albums for targeted markets. Still, the 34-year-old Italian singer admits conquering America is his biggest goal.

He returns stateside for a Sunday concert at Stambaugh Auditorium, where he’s still supporting his 2009 self-titled effort “Patrizio,” which included obligatory Italian songs such as “Never Never Never,” “Estate,” and “Tu vuo’ fa l’ammericano,” as well as pop-based tunes “Why Did You Have To Be?,” “This Kiss Tonight” and his self-penned “Solo Tu (My Baby).”

Fans attending the show can expect to hear that material, and even a few new songs that will end up on his next international release tentatively due out on Valentine’s Day. While Buanne balked at offering new song titles he’ll be playing in Youngstown, the singer did offer the rally cry he’s taking into the studio regarding the next album’s direction.

“Never change a winning team and never change what has given you success,” Buanne said. “I’m known as the ambassador of the Italian songbook and known for covering old Italian songs that aren’t classical but made famous around the world. Since I don’t know anyone else who does that, I’m doing that – half Italian and half English. It’s going to be a very typical Patrizio album.”

When it comes to his self-confidence in regard to the power of his music, Buanne isn’t shy. He believes his live performance has aphrodisiac- like qualities. Considering his fans are mostly women who invariably drag their husbands and boyfriends to the concerts, this notion has its benefits. More so, Buanne believes this is a strong selling point to the male perspective.

“To all of the men out there, the girls and ladies might be my fans – they buy the records and put the posters up and buy T-shirts – but I’m doing the guys a huge favor,” Buanne said. “I’m warming up the ladies for the guys and they only have to jump right in and do what they think is the best. So I set the atmosphere and people can have a fun night.”

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