Momentos (Galileo Music GMC038, 2010)
Dulce Pontes is one of Portugal’s most influential singers, who is extremely popular in neighboring Spain. Even though she includes fado in her repertory, she is not a fado singer. Dulce Ponte has renovated Portuguese folk music, introducing genres to international audiences that are lesser known the internationally popular fado.
On her latest album, Momentos, Dulce Pontes presents two CDs, which celebrate her 20 year career. CD I celebrates the music of Portugal in the form of fados, fadinhos, and other categories of Portuguese folk music. The selection includes studio recordings as well as live performances from some of Europe’s finest venues in Madrid, London, Milan, Athens and Barcelona.
CD II includes collaborations with legendary singers such as “Todos Somos Um” with Spain’s José Carreras; and “O Mar e tu” with Greece’s George Dalaras.
The boxed set includes a 28-page booklet with lyrics in Portuguese and translations to Spanish and English.
Momentos is an excellent introduction the music of one of Portugal’s iconic singers.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.