Artist Profiles: Moçoilas

Moçoilas

In Portuguese countryside, “Moçoila” is a common word to designate a young and attractive girl. And these can surely catch their audiences: powerful singing and traditional percussion playing, old and new songs from the land and the sea performed with unique joy and freshness.

Having the recovery of traditional Algarve music as a starting point, this vocal ensemble has a unique manner of interpreting old songs from the mountain “Serra do Caldeirão” For its most part their repertoire is composed by traditional folk songs from Algarve, rich in slang, the Algarvian cursing, and playful naggery spicing the plain love stories and social critique. This is a unique and yet to-be-discovered secret in Portuguese folk music.

Musicians:

Teresa Colaco – vocals, percussion

Teresa Muge – vocals, percussion

Margarida Guerreiro – vocals, percussion

Eduarda Alves – vocals, percussion

Discography:

Já Cá Vai Roubado (Casa da Cultura de Loulé, 2001)
Tunamente Falando (Câmara Municipal Da Covilhã, 2002)
Qu’É Que Tens A Ver Com Isso? (Ocarina, 2006)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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