Music from Portugal – Zeca Afonso

Zeca Afonso (1929-1987) was a Portuguese folk and political musician. Zeca lived in Angola and Mosambik in his youth and later studied in Coimbra, Portugal. In 1974, his politicaly banned song “Grândola, Vila Morena” was played by the radio after midnight and became a symbol in the fight against the dictatorship and started the Carnation Revolution.

Really an amazing musician so have a listen to “Canção de Embalar” too:

Music from Portugal – Kilindu

Kilindu is a portugese Latin, Latin Jazz , World Music, Fado , Afro Cuban band of six musicians. Pedro Duarte, João Pedreira, Quim Preto, Pantera Pitra, Ivan Pedreira, Tiago Simão conceived a musical bridge across continents from Europe (Portugal), to America (Brazil) and to Africa (Angola).  Now they’ve come together to create their own music, resulting in a very active online fan base working hard to spread the music. It’s their support allowing them to play gigs such as Optimus Alive 2013, where they supported the big bands like of Kings of Leon. Whether it’s Portuguese ‘Fado’ music, Cape Verde’s traditional ‘Morna’, Brazilian ‘Samba’ or Cuba’s ‘Habanera’, it is a blend of Latin jazz and Indie World Music traditions that serves their debut single well and makes them unique. Have a listen to their great single “O Que o Futuro Nos Traz”.

Music from Portugal – The Weatherman and Emmy Curl

The Weatherman is Alex Monteiro’s alter ego. He was born in 1979 in Porto. With 13 years old  he composed his first song called “Waiting For The Sun”.

Born in 1990 in northeast of Portugal, Emmy Curl grew up with lot of interests in arts like music, painting, play and photography. She began to produce by her self all her songs in her father’s studio when she was only fifteen.

In the video clip both embody two souls trying to find themselves, but unable in their contrary worlds – countryside vs city

Both singing in English “It Took Me So Long”