27 July - Thursday
MARIA ARNAL I MARCEL BAGÉS (CATALONIA - SPAIN)
Centro de Artes de Sines - Auditório
In 2016, at Burgos, in a common trench dating back to the Spanish Civil War, 45 brains and 1 heart, all mummified, were found. It was this discovery and the deafening silence brought with it that triggered the debut album of Maria Arnal and Marcel Bagés. She as the voice, he on the electric guitar, form the inevitable duo of the new Catalan folk. They have been wandering through the sound archives of the Peninsula for some time searching for songs that echo the lives of people like us in times other than ours. With the depiction that these folk songs make of days gone by, along with original compositions, Maria and Marcel help illuminating our daily lives.
TULEGUR (INNER MONGOLIA - CHINA)
Tulegur Ganzi lives in Beijing and likes Nirvana. However, at night, when he closes his eyes, what he hears is the galloping of the horses, what he sees are the pastures of Inner Mongolia where he was born. Sometimes, underneath traditional clothes, he wears a t-shirt bearing the picture of a hard-rock band, and it’s of dissonances like these that his identity is made up. In his case, finding the roots required will and effort. For example, he discovered Khommei diaphonic singing in Beijing, because he had never heard it in his homeland. Is not it easy to categorise his music: ethnic rock? Mongolian folk-rock? Steppes grunge? It is also the challenge of this concert, where tradition has an urban counterpoint in the electric guitar and percussions of Zongcan.
ÌFÉ (PUERTO RICO)
Av. Vasco da Gama
Otura Mun left the state of Indiana in the 90s because he believes the US lives in a racial caste system. In Puerto Rico, he built a new identity: he learned Spanish, deepened his connection with the Yoruba religion, and became a priest. In the Caribbean, he became who he is today. A musician who knows more about Cuban rumba than usual with an English-speaking artist. A musician who knows more of dancehall sung in Jamaican patois than it is common to find in Hispanic circles. Always listening to the best electronic music that come from the UK and the rhythms and sacred words of his religion. ÌFÉ is the sum of it all: slow, hot and spiritual dance music.
MERCEDES PEÓN (GALICIA - SPAIN)
The Galician musical heritage has interested her since she was a teenager. She traveled through villages looking for it. She recorded records based on it, taught it, showed it on television. As bagpiper, percussionist and singer, she became "the face" of traditional Galician music. Until that image began to look like a straightjacket. She felt she had more to give than to reinterpret tradition. She began to compose originals, to work electroacoustic material, to be even more independent on stage. However, being more Mercedes in the music she made did not mean burning bridges. For the record she is about to release in the fall, she has been through the shipyards of Ferrol recording the sounds of machines and people's voices.
Crisis everywhere: in America, in Europe, in Brazil. Leandro Roque de Oliveira is not impressed: "For black people, it has always been a crisis." Born in the suburbs of São Paulo just over 30 years ago, Leandro is Emicida, the face of Brazilian hip-hop. In his words rhyme all the complexity of being young and black in Brazil, a country that does not acknowledge its "slave past," in which the rich look at the poor as "spare parts to wash their toilets." He premieres in Sines with the album "Sobre Crianças, Quadris, Pesadelos e Lições de Casa... ", conceived on a trip to Angola and Cape Verde. It is in Africa where he always seeks inspiration and self-esteem.
A-WA (ISRAEL / YEMEN)
This story begins in 1949 with two Arab Jewish teenagers arriving from Yemen for the newly formed state of Israel. They are the grandparents of Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim, three girls who will grow in the valley of Arabah, surrounded by mountains and goats. In the visits to their grandparents, they learn the Yemeni dialect and the folklore. In their "prairie house" days, they discover Pink Floyd and Deep Purple on vinyls stolen from their parents. In the 90's, MTV opens a window to pop music. Tomer Yosef (Balkan Beat Box), who also has Yemeni roots, produced them the debut album, "Habib Galbi", dance music with biography. They are a global phenomenon of Middle Eastern music.
AURELIO (GARIFUNA - HONDURAS)
Av. Vasco da Gama
With the death of Belizean Andy Palacio in 2008, Honduran Aurelio Martinez was left to carry the banner of Garifuna music in the world. The Garifuna descend from African and Caribbean aborigines and Arawak people. They are a mestizo people that the colonial history spread through the Central American isthmus. Aurelio sings, composes and plays the guitars and percussions on which the musical style emblem of the garifuna - the paranda is based. Celebrating 30 years of career, he has just recorded an album with Peter Gabriel’s label. This album, "Darandi", takes the stage in this concert. A selection of classics, to dance to the sound of the best that the Garifuna have to offer to music.
Av. Vasco da Gama
The history of Colombian music is stored in vinyls of all rotations. In this history written in analogue recording, there are two prodigious decades: 1960 and 1970. Decades of the 20th century that Romperayo brings to the second decade of the 21st century. Their music is psycho-tropical and is made of an endless blend of vintage ingredients: Colombian and Peruvian cumbias, Afro-Caribbean sounds, Afro-pop, Afrobeat. The electronic and the psychedelic timelessness brings the past closer to the present. Juan Manuel Toro is on samples and keyboards, Jhon Socha on bass and Guillo Cros on the electric guitar. On drums and percussions: Pedro Ojeda. He leads the rhythm and makes the connection to earth.