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26 July - Friday


Lucibela (c) N’Krumah Lawson-Daku - Lusafrica

LUCIBELA (Cape Verde)

Sines - Castelo

And so appeared Lucibela and she already sounds timeless. Her music takes us back to the classic sounds of morna and coladeira, whether via the songs of established names such as Manuel de Novas, or the compositions of some of the most brilliant contemporary talents in Cape Verde today. Born in 1986 on the island of São Nicolau, it was actually on the island of São Vicente, on the Mindelo bar circuit that her voice, with its deep pitch culminating in a suave vibrato, began to turn heads. The music and the story of her life are inseparable: her mother died and she had no choice but to help take care of her brothers. It was a while before she released an album - in 2018, with ‘Laço Umbilical’ – but she fulfilled the desire to speak of the theme that most inspires her: a woman’s strength.

Susheela Raman (c) Andrew Catlin


Sines - Castelo

Susheela Raman, singer, songwriter and curator, is an iconoclast. Born in London, she always remained close to her parents’ heritage, originally hailing from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The one time she performed there, a local newspaper dedicated half a page to denouncing her defacing of the classics (while also recognising the excellence of her voice…). Susheela is, above all, true to herself and the richness of experience her travels have brought. Accompanied by guitarist Sam Mills, she is tireless in her search for new paths to take. She has already collaborated with Russian choir singers, and classical as well as Sufi musicians. Her 2018 album, ‘Ghost Gamelan’, is inspired by Javanese gamelan culture. ‘World music’ is not a term she likes. She prefers to say … “unworldly”.

Chico César (c) Luís Garrido


Sines - Castelo

Chico César was born in peaceful Catolé do Rocha, deep in the interior of Paraíba. A small place where Chico stood tall, cultivating his music tastes in the record shop where he worked. Later on, he was a journalist and plunged into learning the acoustic guitar, writing songs, and making a name for himself. Today he is one of the biggest artists in his country, a poet, composer, singer, instrumentalist, and one of the faces of Brazilian music across the world. As a songwriter, he has been interpreted by the best in the business: Ivan Lins, Sting, Maria Bethânia, and Gal Costa, among so many others. In 2018, ‘Estado De Poesia Ao Vivo’ was elected Best Album of the year at the Prêmio da Música Brasileira awards. A fitting recognition for an artist who has helped the sounds of the northeast transcend borders.

Antibalas (c) Michael Davis


Sines - Castelo

Afrobeat and New York were not obvious soulmates until Antibalas came along. Martín Perna founded the group in 1998, but the arrival of Nigerian Duke Amayo was also fundamental in defining their path. Fluent in Afrobeat, Amayo became, besides their songwriter, the main vocalist in the group. With Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 serving as model and inspiration, Antibalas evolved as a collective in constant transformation, dedicated to the search for their own sound. They found it in the paths between jazz, funk and dub. Four dozen musicians have already come and gone in their line-up. Only one thing never changes: their original vision of Afrobeat as the framework and inspiration on which they can build new soundscapes.

Omar Souleyman (c) Dan Monick


Sines - Castelo

Omar Souleyman’s roots are in the northeast of Syria, sandwiched between Turkey and Iraq There he began life as a farmer and a part-time wedding singer. No matter how successful he became, he never lost sight of his origins. Everything Omar does sounds authentic. He has released about 500 albums, most of them recordings of his performances at weddings, which after being presented to the newly-weds were copied and then sold far and wide. Today he is an international music icon. His most recent album is ‘To Syria, with Love’, a tribute to a homeland devastated by war. Accompanied by a set of keyboards that sound like a full band, he is sure to get all of Sines moving its feet to the Levantine rhythms of the dabke and baladi.

Rincon Sapiencia (c) Andreh Santos


Sines - Av. Vasco da Gama

Life on the streets of the outskirts of São Paulo is no easy matter, but when the saints keep an eye on us and with hard work, it is on those very same tough streets that artists with the power of Rincon Sapiência emerge. MC, beatmaker, producer and entrepreneur, Rincon composes ‘with an insatiable desire to rhyme’ and is determined to make his label MGoma a "standard bearer for black Brazilian music". The open-ended hip-hop that is his trademark shows influences of African, electronic and Jamaican music. His career began in 2000, but his first album, ‘Galanga Livre’, only arrived in 2017. His remarkable debut received a number of awards, including Artist of the Year of the Associação Paulista de Críticos de Artes and the Prémio Multishow for Best New Artist.

Shantel (c) Matthias Hombauer


Sines - Av. Vasco da Gama

All began in the 1980s, in an underground club run by Shantel in Frankfurt am Main. It was a haven for freedom and experimentation, where immigrants, LGBT, bohos and art students came together. Little by little, Shantel set about forging in this scene the cosmopolitan sound which would become his calling card. On a voyage to Bukovina, a historical region between the Ukraine and Romania where he has roots, he came upon the music that lay dormant in his DNA. He refuses to assume the mantle of ‘king of Balkan pop music’ if the rhythms of southeast Europe, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean have been a constant source of inspiration. His mission – to never let his music become stuck in the mud. Dance is movement, openness and renewal.