Simona Barbera’s Sicilian Memories

Cologne, Germany – Mirto is the title of the new album by Italian artist Simona Barbera. Released by German label Heaven and Earth, Mirto is dedicated to the birthplace of her parents, Sicily.

Each of her songs is dedicated to a place on the Mediterranean island. The poetic sound of the names like Milena, Palermo, Carini, Tindari or Corleone is more important to her than geographic or historical facts. Mirto is also a town on Siciliy. But Simona Barbera was probably thinking more of Mirto – myrtle – a typical Sicilian plant with magical powers, which when laid on the navel with bread, bay leaf and olive oil eases emotional and bodily pain.