Roberto Gaudioso is a researcher focused on poetry and song lyrics in African languages. He carried a post-doc research on Swahili Literature of DR Congo at the University of Napoli “L’Orientale”. He has a PhD from the University of Napoli “L’Orientale” and the University of Bayreuth on the poetics and philosophy of the Swahili writer Euphrase Kezilahabi. He translated and wrote on Kezilahabi, Ebrahim Hussein, Remmy Ongala, Ingeborg Bachmann and Giacomo Leopardi. His research interests include the oral and written literatures in African languages (in particular Shona and Swahili), comparative literature, the theories and practices of translation, the aesthetics of literature.