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:
Carlos do Carmo, one of the historic names of fado, will receive a Grammy for his work next November . The decision was taken unanimously by the Governing Council of the Latin Academy (Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) and was communicated directly to the singer on the afternoon of Monday, June 30, and announced on Tuesday officially to the press. It is the first time a Portuguese receive a Grammy.
This song, “Cantigas do Maio”, was written by José Afonso. The piano is played by Bernardo Sassetti, who sadly died 2 years ago.
Anyone remember a band called Azeitonas? Well, Miguel Araújo, the singer of that band present us his new song with Inês Viterbo, a singer at the beginning of her career.
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”.
Samuel Úria, born in 1979, is a portuguese musician. Together with Tiago Bettencourt, a Portuguese singer who was born in Coimbra, and now lives in Lisbon they are playing the wonderful song “Romagem à Lapa”:
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”
Mundo Cão is an English rock band, formed in Braga in 2001, with the voice of actor Pedro Laginha and lyrics by Adolfo Luxúria Canibal.
“Anos de Bailado e Natação”
Rodrigo Leão is a Portuguese musician and composer, born in Lisbon in 1964. He began to be known through the bands “Sétima Legião” and “Madredeus”.
Adducantur is a portuguese music ensemble, formed in 2007. Listen to their nice piece “Zephyr”:
Slimmy is a Portuguese musician, real name Paul Fernandes, who uses the rock as a way of expression, namely the electro rock.
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