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Coisas que a gente sente

Rao Kyao – “Coisas que a gente sente” (Get! Records, 2012)

Acclaimed Portuguese flute virtuoso Rao Kyao has been involved in numerous cross-genre projects, ranging from jazz to world music and Portuguese folk music. His album Coisas que a gente sente (Things people feel) contains new compositions inspired by Portuguese music and the sounds of other cultures.

On Coisas que a gente sente, Rao Kyao plays his familiar bamboo player, accompanied by traditional Portuguese instruments such as the Braguese guitar and Portuguese drums.

The lineup includes Rao Kyao on bamboo flute and vocals; António Pinto on classical and Braguese guitar; Renato Júnior on keyboards and accordion; André Machado on percussion.

Coisas que a gente sente features evocative instrumental music that evokes the melodies of Portugal, Cape Verde, India and beyond.

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Artist Profiles: António Zambujo

António Zambujo

Portugal’s fado sensation António Zambujo has been a major voice in recent years in the resurrection of male fado singers in a genre dominated by females. Renowned for his earthy and atmospheric songs, he speaks of the pain of separation, unanswered love, and longing — themes portrayed in this poetic, deeply expressive genre. Winner of the Amália Rodrigues Foundation prize for ‘Best Fado Male Singer,’ Zambujo merges traditional fado with cante alentejano (male chant form from southern Portugal with North African influences) and Brazilian popular music.

António Zambujo, born in Beja, Alentejo in southern Portugal in 1975, grew up listening to cante alentejano – a traditional male chant that has become a strong influence in his music.

As a child, Zambujo studied clarinet, but soon became entranced with fado. He won a regional fado contest at the age of 16, and then began his professional career when Mário Pacheco, the renowned Portuguese guitarist and composer, invited him to sing in his Club de Fado in Lisbon. Soon afterwards, Zambujo was chosen to take the role of Francisco da Cruz, Amália Rodrigues’s first husband, in the successful musical Amália directed by Filipe La Féria, one of Portugal’s leading stage directors; Zambujo performed in the musical for four years in Lisbon and then toured with it in Portugal, achieving enormous success.

After recording his first album O mesmo fado in 2002, Zambujo won the prestigious ‘Radio Nova FM’ prize for the ‘Best New Fado Voice’ – an award previously received by Mariza, Camané and Mafalda Arnauth. Since then he has recorded several more albums.

In recent years Zambujo has collaborated with the Bulgarian women’s choir Angelite and top Portuguese pop and jazz singers, expanding the horizons of traditional fado while remaining committed to its roots.

Discography:

O mesmo fado (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004O0UZI4?ie=UTF8&tag=musidelmund-20&camp=1789&linkCode=xm2&creativeASIN=B004O0UZI4, 2002)
Por meu Cante (World Village, 2004)
Outro Sentido (World Village, 2007)
Guia (World Village, 2010)
Quinto (Universal Portugal, 2012)
Lisboa 22:38 – Ao Vivo no Coliseu (2013)
Rua Da Emenda (World Village, 2014)
Até Pensei Que Fosse Minha (2016)

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Fado Star António Zambujo to Perform in London

António Zambujo
António Zambujo

Acclaimed fado artist António Zambujo is set to perform on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Union Chapel in London. Stranger Stranger will be the supporting act.

António Zambujo is fado vocalist and Portuguese guitar player. He was raised listening to Cante Alentejano, a regional genre that inspired him while growing up in Beja, Portugal. At the age of eight he studied clarinet at the Baixo Alentejo Regional Conservatory. At that time, Zambujo becae fascinated with fado. He was shaped by Amália Rodrigues, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Alfredo Marceneiro, João Ferreira Rosa, Max and others. He regularly sang for his family and friends and won a local fado contest at the age of 16.

After completing his clarinet studies, Zambujo moved to Lisbon. Mário Pacheco, the renowned Portuguese guitar player and composer, straightway added him to his company at the prestigious Clube do Fado in the Alfama neighborhood.

Zambujo’s discography includes O mesmo Fado (2002), Por meu Cante (World Village, 2004), Outro Sentido (World Village, 2007), Guia (World Village, 2010), Quinto (World Village, 2012), Lisboa 22:38 – Ao Vivo no Coliseu (Universal Music, 2013), Rua Da Emenda (2014) and Até Pensei Que Fosse Minha (Universal Music, 2016).

Zambujo won the prestigious Amália Rodrigues Foundation award as best male fado singer in 2006. He has toured comprehensively in Europe and South America, including several sold-out concerts in Paris and Rio de Janeiro.

Union Chapel
Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN
020 7226 1686
unionchapel.org.uk

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Seiva’s Folk Innovations

Seiva – Seiva (Bigorna, 2015)

Seiva recreates Portuguese traditional music throughout the use of new arrangements and the incorporation of some electronic effects and world beats. However, the overall sound is very organic. The trio uses a wide range of acoustic percussion and traditional Portuguese musical instruments.

The band’s self-titled album contains original songs as well as refashioned traditional pieces. The band’s lively sound is characterized by the use of captivating vocals, Portuguese bagpipes and plentiful frame drums.

The lineup includes Joana Negrão on vocals, Portuguese Bagpipes, adufe (Portuguese square drum), and tambourine; Vasco Ribeiro Casais on Braguesa guitar, cavaquinho, and Portuguese bagpipes; and Rita Nóvoa on Portuguese percussion.

Seiva is a gracefully elegant production by a talented group of musicians who are innovating Portuguese folk music.

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Mariza’s Larger World

Mariza – Mundo (Warner Music Portugal/Nonesuch, 2016)

Released earlier in the year in Europe, Mariza’s new album Mundo is now available in North America. The acclaimed fado singer became a world music sensation thanks to showcases at WOMEX, performamces at world music festivals and other presentations. Now she’s taken a further step with her collaboration with Spanish producer Javier Limón.

Mundo still contains exquisite fado. In fact, most of the album is still fado plus a Cape Verdean morna. But there is more. Grammy award-winning producer Javier Limón is well-known for making music accessible to large audiences. Limón composed a song titled “Alma” for Mariza. Here, Mariza sings in Spanish. Her Spanish is charming, with an Andalusian flavor.

 

 

Although most of the album is in Portuguese, there is another track in Spanish, a 1930’s Argentine tango song. Thanks to “Alma” and a handful of other pop songs that are very radio friendly, Mariza has now reached beyond the fado and world music audiences. She currently has access to Portuguese and Spanish-language mainstream audiences, which will boost her international career. Nevertheless, fado fans shouldn’t worry. As indicated earlier, most of the album still contains splendid classic and modern fado songs featuring Mariza’s passionate vocals and Portuguese guitar.

 

 

Mariza is currently touring North America to present her new work.

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Fado Star Mariza to Perform at The Town Hall in New York City

Mariza
Mariza

 

Acclaimed Portuguese vocalist Mariza is set to perform Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Town Hall in New York City.

The fado singer will be presenting her new album Mundo (World) that features classic songs honoring the late fado legend Amalia Rodrigues and legendary tango singer Carlos Gardel, as well as new songs written for her by the Grammy-winning Spanish producer Javier Limón. On Mundo, Mariza sings in Portuguese and Spanish.

 

 

8:00 p.m.
The Town Hall
thetownhall.org/event/mariza

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The Remarkable Travels of the Cavaquinho

Júlio Pereira Cavaquinho.pt (Tradisom, 2014)

Acclaimed Portuguese multi-instrumentalist Julio Pereira released an album titled Cavaquinho 30 years ago. This was a tribute to the small guitar called cavaquinho. Thirty years later, he revisits the potential of the cavaquinho with a new album titled Cavaquinho.pt featuring new musical pieces composed or arranged by Pereira.

The original ‘Cavaquinho’ album had a significant influence and defined Julio Pereira’s career as a musician. The new recording, Cavaquinho.pt is part of a larger project around the cavaquinho that includes research, inventorying the different variations of the instrument, scores, players, composers and builders around the world. The cavaquinho is related to other small guitars in the Iberian Peninsula and the predecessor of the ukulele. It has traveled around the world over the centuries, leaving descendants in Brazil, Cape Verde, Hawaii and Indonesia.

The music on Cavaquinho.pt incorporate various folk traditions from Minho in Portugal as well as the increasingly popular fado. In addition, it reflects the travels of the cavaquinho, featuring influences that go beyond the various regions of Portugal. For example, Sara Tavares, a singer of Cape Verdean descent appears on one song. There are also traditional songs from Brazil and Galicia (Spain).

The lineup on Cavaquinho.pt includes Julio Pereira on cavaquinho, viola braguesa (Braguese guitar), synthesizers and backing vocals; Miguel Veras on acoustic guitar; Fernando Araujo on bass; Quiné on percussion; Laurent Filipe on trumpet; Guto Lucena on flute; Daniel Pereira on gaita de foles (Portuguese bagpipe); Sara Tavares on vocals; Uxia on vocals; Luanda Cozetti on vocals; Sofia Vitoria on vocals; and Joao Afonso and C.R.A.M.O.L. on backing vocals.

 

 

The physical edition of Cavaquinho.pt is exquisitely packaged in a 112-page hard cover book, with extensive liner notes in Portuguese and English, photos, credits and beautiful illustrations by Pedro Sousa Pereira.

Júlio Pereira - Cavaquinho.pt
Júlio Pereira – Cavaquinho.pt

 

Julio Pereira started as a rock musician, playing electric guitar with progressive rock bands Petrus Castrus and Xarhanga. He later picked up the mandolin, braguesa guitar, Portuguese guitar and bouzouki. Encouraged by Zeca Afonso, the cavaquinho became his main focus.

 

 

Cavaquinho.pt is a remarkable recording dedicated to the cavaquinho recorded by one of the essential musicians in Portugal’s contemporary folk music scene.

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Ibero-American Music Expo EXIB 2016 opens May 4 in Portugal

João Afonso
João Afonso

The 2016 edition of EXIB Música, the Ibero-American Music Expo, will open May 4 with an inaugural concert at Teatro García de Resende in Evora (Portugal).

The artists scheduled to perform include renowned Portuguese artists João Afonso, Celina Da Piedade, Há Lobos sem ser na Serra and Luis Peixoto. They will be joined by special guests Carlos Malta from Brazil and Juan José Robles from Spain.

EXIB 2016 takes place May 4-7 in Evora. The music expo and conference will feature showcases by Latin American and Iberian artists as well as conferences and trade fair.

For more details go to http://exibmusica.com/en

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The biggest world music event in Portugal is back in July

Portugal – Toumani Diabaté, Thomas Mapfumo, Trilok Gurtu, Värttinä, Vusi Mahlasela, Ivo Papasov, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Tony Allen, Seun Kuti are some of the artists playing in Sines’ Festival Músicas do Mundo 2006.

Festival Músicas do Mundo (FMM Sines), the biggest world music event in Portugal, is back this July. From the 21st to the 25th of July, in Porto Covo village, and from the 26th to the 29th of July, in Sines Town (Castle, Beach Stage and Centro de Artes), the best music of the world in 24 concerts and dozens of side events.

The 2006 program of concerts is the following:
— Porto Covo Village —

July 21st (Friday)

FRANCIS HIME (Brazil), 22h00
MAYRA ANDRADE (Cape Verde), 23h30

July 22nd (Saturday)

BORIS KOVAC & LA CAMPANELLA (Serbia), 22h00

July 23rd (Sunday)

ACTORES ALIDOS (Sardinia, Italy), 22h00

July 24th (Monday)

VAGUEMENT LA JUNGLE (France), 22h00

July 25th (Tuesday)

DAZKARIEH (Portugal), 22h00
ELISEO PARRA (Spain), 23h30

— Sines Town —

July 26th (Wednesday)

JACQUES PELLEN “CELTIC PROCESSION” (Brittany, France), Beach Stage, 22h00
K’NAAN (Somalia / Canada), Beach Stage, 00h00

July 27th (Thursday)

VUSI MAHLASELA (South Africa), Beach Stage, 19h00
* GAITEIROS DE LISBOA (Portugal), Castle, 21h30
* TRIO RABIH ABOU KHALIL & JOACHIM KÜHN (Lebanon / Germany), Castle, 23h00
* TOUMANI DIABATÉ & SYMMETRIC ORCHESTRA (Mali), Castle, 00h30
ALAMAAILMAN VASARAT (Finland), Beach Stage, 02h30

July 28th (Friday)

NURU KANE & BAYEFALL GNAWA (Senegal), Beach Stage, 19h00
* THE BAD PLUS (USA), Castle, 21h30
* TRILOK GURTU & THE MISRA BROTHERS (India), Castle, 23h00
* THOMAS MAPFUMO & THE BLACKS UNLIMITED (Zimbabwe), Castle, 00h30
TONY ALLEN (Nigeria), Beach Stage, 02h30

July 29th (Saturday)

MARIEM HASSAN (Western Sahara), Beach Stage, 19h00
* VÄRTTINÄ (Finland), Castle, 21h30
* CORDEL DO FOGO ENCANTADO (Brazil), Castle, 23h00
* SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 (Nigeria), Castle, 00h30
IVO PAPASOV & HIS WEDDING BAND (Bulgaria), Beach Stage, 03h00

(* Only the concerts in the Castle are paid – 10 euros / day. The other concerts are free.)

Side events include exhibits, documentary showings, workshops (with Pat Mastelotto, David Murray and Ethan Iverson / Reid Anderson), meetings with the artists (Vusi Mahlasela, Mariem Hassan, Cordel do Fogo Encantado), book and record fairs, showcases, DJ sets every nights, etc.

More information about the festival available at: www.fmm.com.pt/english

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