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24 July - Monday


Cantos de Cego (c) Miguel Prata


Pátio das Artes

On both banks of the Minho river, since the Middle Ages, many blind people made a living by singing in fairs, pilgrimages, markets and the main streets of big cities. The themes were those that people wanted to listen: crimes, romantic disillusionments, the lives of the saints, historical feats. It was this heritage and the wish to revisit it, that brought together César Prata, a Portuguese singer and multi-instrumentalist, and Ariel Ninas, an accordionist and folklorist from Galicia. Portuguese songs reached César Prata through the voice of singers who are still alive. Galician songs are the result of songbook research. Because of the increasing social protection of blind people in Spain, there are no longer blind people singing in the streets of Galicia.

Mike Love


Largo Poeta Bocage

"I was born in the Oahu island, in Hawaii. I am first a father, a husband and a son. I am vegan. I am spiritual, but not religious. I am a musician.” That is the way how Mike Love introduces himself, a reggae roots voice in the Pacific. An independent musician in every sense of the word, he performs more than 250 gigs a year. He founded his own record label. His lyrics are personal and committed to the causes he advocates, such as the environment and the rights of animals. There are influences in his music due to the classical training he received from a family of musicians. There is also rock in his reggae – an acoustic guitar that expands in the loops of the electric pedal and that sounds like an entire band.

Makely Ka


Centro de Artes de Sines - Auditório

He lived with native Brazilians at the Indian Reservation of Xingu. He visited Cape Verde, Portugal, Galicia. He went on long bicycle trips in Minas Gerais and Piauí. His music echoes the Brazilian Anthropophagic movement – the blending of indigenous, African and European cultures to make something new. His name is Makely Ka – a composer, singer, guitarist that will be in Sines with his band. His lyrics are reflections from this contact with reality. They express “sad entropic” days, where everything tends to move towards disorder, where human beings threaten their own planet. But there is also light – resistance, militancy, common people who endeavour to make things different.



Centro de Artes de Sines - Auditório

In the beginning, there were the guitars. The Brazilian violão of singer and composer Vítor Santana, born in Minas Gerais. And the guitar with fado and flamenco of Portuguese composer and guitarist João Pires. Brought together by an “idea of living”, more than a musical project, they cross the cultural bridge that brings the Iberian Peninsula and South America closer. Angola and Cape Verde are required stopovers and the duo comes with a Lusophone reinforcement: Percussionist and singer Miroca Paris, born in the Morabeza islands. A sound mix that consists of samba, fado, lundum, funaná, morna, batuque and the coladera that lend its name to them. This is a live preview of the album "La Dôtu Lado", that will be released in the autumn.

Saul Williams (c) Geordie Wood


Largo Poeta Bocage

Somewhere in Burundi, in a dumping ground for electronic materials, someone with the pseudonym MartyrLoserKing remotely controls a drone. This drone flies to the other side of the world, over the lawn of the White House. This African hacker is the main character of the lastest album of Saul Williams, a poet, actor, singer and activist from New York. Saul was in Sines in 2016 as David Murray's guest. He will be back to Sines in 2017 with a performance that addresses a hyper-modernity of paradoxes, where high technology coexists with extreme poverty, a world of dumping grounds and sleek smartphones.