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Argentine artist brings her harp and tango to Roman streets

Almost every night, it's possible to listen to this tango next to one of Rome's most touristic places: Castel Sant'Angelo.

Safyra is from Argentina. When she immigrated to Rome eight years ago, she brought a suitcase filled with her dreams and her harp.

“When I was five years old, I was with my parents in northern Argentina. We went into a bar with live music. There I saw and heard the harp. From that moment on, playing the harp became my dream.”

What was once a dream is now a reality. With her Indian harp, she brightens the nighttime strolls of locals and tourists alike. Joking about the particularities of her instrument, she says it's “Jesuit,” like her compatriot, Pope Francis.

“I always get chills when I play here, in the streets of Rome. When I was in Argentina, I would think about Italy. It was like thinking about a film. Now I'm here, in person. The city's history, her beauty inspire me, and people tell me what they feel—that they're really moved.”

She says that in that magical moment, she feels that she, the harp and the audience all meld into one.

For her, playing in the streets of Rome is a way to showcase her talent, which she lives very passionately. Maybe one day, she'll get the opportunity to play for another Argentinian who lives just a few blocks away: Pope Francis.

Daniel Díaz Vizzi

Translation: CT