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20 July - Saturday

Porto Covo

Gaiteiros de Lisboa


INATEL Stage @ Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

It was 1991 and a bombshell was about to drop on the Portuguese music scene called Gaiteiros de Lisboa. On the one hand, veterans of roots music, reminiscent of Giacometti and cut from the same cloth as José Afonso, Fausto, José Mário Branco. On the other, there were musicians from the pop, rock and jazz scenes bringing new approaches to a traditional medium. Almost 30 years later, the Gaiteiros have changed, but continue to be like nothing else. Of the original line up, Carlos Guerreiro and Paulo Tato Marinho have remained. Miguel Veríssimo, Miguel Quitério, Paulo Charneca and Sebastião Antunes are new in the line-up. The bagpipes and vocal arrangements are, as always, the centre of attention. A new album, ‘Bestiário’, heralds the beginning of a new chapter.

Dobet Gnahoré (c) Thomas Skiffington

DOBET GNAHORÉ (Côte d'Ivoire)

INATEL Stage @ Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

At six years old, she comes to Abidjan to meet her father in the artist colony the latter, a master percussionist, had helped to found. There, in Ki Yi M'bock, she gets to work from 5 in the morning making music, dancing and learning theatre. Dobet Gnahoré grows absorbing the nutrients of this artistic haven through every pore. It would be in France, her new home from 1999, that she would discover the full potential of his voice – physically and creatively. She records four albums and takes to the open road. In 2018, she releases ‘Miziki’, produced by Nicolas Repac, a ‘luminous’ album (according to Le Monde), where African sounds meet electronica. Singing in her mother tongue, Bété, this is a homage to the African woman: bold, friendly and altruistic.

The Wanton Bishops (c) Rorold


INATEL Stage @ Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

Nader Mansour, a Beirut native, always had a voice for singing the blues. Sometimes, the snarl of a harmonica takes its place, without sacrificing his trademark grittiness. He is a born entertainer, the force driving a band influenced by 60s psychedelia. Blues rock with an indie vibe guides them on their quest for the ecstatic feeling (Tarab) for which Middle Eastern music is renowned. Rock built on bass, drums and the electric guitars of fellow band members Eddy Ghossein (co-founder of the group) and Antonio Hajj Moussa finds room for traditional instruments. 2019 is the year the group has decided to pay homage by dedicating their new album to Beirut, due for release in the summer.

Vaudou Game

VAUDOU GAME (Togo / France)

INATEL Stage @ Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

One of the golden eras of music from Togo happened in the 1970s and at its epicentre was a recording studio in the capital Lomé, Office Togolais du Disque (Otodi to its friends). With the passing of time, the studio went into decline and for many years no one stepped through its doors, until Peter Solo, Togolese guitarist, singer and composer based in Lyon, decided that semi-haunted place was perfect for recording an album where he went back to his roots. In 2018, under the watchful gaze of voodoo spirits, guardians of humankind and nature, the third album of the group Vaudou Game, ‘Otodi’, saw the light of day. Aided and abetted by Togolese musicians, Peter Solo has given us his funkiest and also most African statement yet.