26 July - Wednesday
MEDEIROS / LUCAS (AZORES - PORTUGAL)
Centro de Artes de Sines - Auditório
"De pés e mãos andantes, o corpo quer ser vivido" (Walking feet and hands, the body wants to experience life), is the verse of one of the songs of «Terra do Corpo», album by Medeiros / Lucas. With lyrics written by João Pedro Porto, it is the second musical ride that composer and guitarist Pedro Lucas and singer Carlos Medeiros embark on together. The body that is hungry, the body that needs other bodies, the body without which sheer rationality is powerless, is the one who tells these stories. Medeiros and Lucas are from the Azores and the mist of the isles can be felt in the atmospheres they create. However, their music is free like an Atlantic wind. It is made of tradition, electronics, satire, lyricism and a very Portuguese way of being contemporary.
CRISTINA BRANCO (PORTUGAL)
A Cristina Branco album is always a snapshot of the Portuguese music at its best when it is recorded. She surrounds herself by a national selection of poets, composers and musicians and the outcome has the cohesion that her voice and sensitivity give to the blend. That happened with “Menina”, her album released in 2016, where the leitmotif is the female soul. Cristina went on stage for the first time in 1996, still in awe after discovering the music of Amália Rodrigues. She became a fado singer. Nowadays her music touches other rhythms: blues, folk, jazz, alternative pop, MPB. Perhaps, in the future these creations will be recognised as fado songs. Maybe not. In fact, the truth of each song is what matters.
METÁ METÁ (BRAZIL)
Av. Vasco da Gama
A trip to Morocco inspired their latest album, “MM3”. They played on the streets, played with Arabian scales, their music was pervaded by the desert. They are called Metá Metá, which means “three at the same time” in Yoruba language. Juçara Marçal (voice), Thiago França (saxophone) and Kiko Dinucci (guitar) form the trio. They are from São Paulo and their urban music follows the path of Afro-Brazilian rhythms - the candomblé of Yoruba, Fon and Bantu people. They also visit the landscapes of Jazz, rock and now, in addition to Morocco, Mali, Niger and Ethiopia. The sound is dark, complex but still dancing. Their improvisation dives into the aquatic structure of the songs.
SAVINA YANNATOU & PRIMAVERA EN SALONICO (GREECE)
Thessalonica is called the “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. People from all sorts of origin migrated to this city in northern Greece, overlooking the Aegean: Jews, Turks, Southern Slavs, Armenians. This is also the city of the band Primavera en Salonico, which for more than 20 years has accompanied Savina Yannatou in her Mediterranean musical incursions. This project on Thessalonica took shape in the latest album they recorded together. With arrangements by Kostas Vomvolos and Savina's unique voice, it honours a tradition of tolerance, a time in the Eastern Mediterranean in which a Christian cantor and a Jewish chazzan met in taverns to sing profane songs together.
RICHARD BONA MANDEKAN CUBANO (CAMEROON / CUBA)
In the 17th and 18th centuries, cabildos were like African enclaves in Cuba. In these types of guilds tolerated by the Spanish authorities, the slaves could meet, worship their gods and play their music. It is the heritage of cabildos that the album “Heritage” revisits. Richard Bona, a Cameroonian-born musician based in the USA, has teamed up with Mandekan Cubano orchestra to underline this close connections between the cultures of West Africa and the Americas. He, a singer and multi-instrumentalist, is one of the best bassists in the world. They are all world-class musicians at the piano, trumpet, trombone and percussion. Jazz music of all temperatures gives an identity to the mix.
DEN SORTE SKOLE (DENMARK)
The latest album by Simon Dokkedal and Martin Højland, two producers from Copenhagen, was created from samples of 350 albums. Their music, they explain, "is made by a band with members from more than 75 countries - probably the most eclectic band in the world - with a sound greater than two white guys pushing buttons in a sampler." Hence, a dancing symphony was born in which a Bali gamelan leans against a German synthesizer. Overall, this is due to a single belief: the future is of interdependence, not of the isolation of our sound, of the land where fate has decided we would be born. Much more than a DJ set, with visuals by the artist Dark Matters.
IFRIQIYYA ÉLECTRIQUE (FRANCE / ITALY / TUNISIA)
Av. Vasco da Gama
They have been to Sines more than once. Theirs is a low-profile presence, dressed in black, on stage and on the streets, drinking from the sun of this European Finisterre. François M. Cambuzat is French, Gianna Greco is Italian, but above all, they are travellers. This year, they bring us the sounds and images of the oasis of Tozeur in southern Tunisia, where they met the Banga priests who celebrate the cult of the Sufi saint Sidi Marzûq. Three of them - Tarek Sultan, Yahia Chouchen and Youssef Ghazala – accompany them. A trance music, in which European strings and electronics interpenetrate with Tunisian percussion, singing and dancing. A transcendental post-industrial ceremony, with video filmed on site.
LA MAMBANEGRA (COLOMBIA)
Av. Vasco da Gama
In 1933, a young man from Cali tries to emigrate to the United States, but is caught and thrown into the sea. A fisherman rescues him, who is amnesic, and takes him to Cuba. A gift in the form of an ebony flute reminds him of the American dream. Finally in New York, he founds an orchestra with the name given to the flute: La Mambanegra. In the 21st century, an orchestra of the same name is formed, led by the great-grandson of this man. With his great-grandfather's hat on his head, Jacobo Velez leads one of the best Latin American orchestras of the new generation. The sound is based on 70's New York salsa, Jamaican music and hip-hop. La Mambanegra bites us not to kill, but to make us dance.