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27 July - Saturday


Virgem Suta

VIRGEM SUTA (Portugal)

Sines - Castelo

Beja, capital of the Baixo Alentejo region, has in Virgem Suta its main pop-rock export. Since 2008, this band is the reflection of the friendship, complicity and artistic passion of Jorge Benvinda and Nuno Figueiredo. What one writes, the other sings or turns into music. And if one stumbles upon a chord progression, the other might lead the song in another direction. In true Alentejo fashion, they are master storytellers and this narrative arc is typical of their music. Add to this a dose of irony and the care taken over their lyrics. Just with vocals, two guitars and the help of a handful of friends, they have set a steady course on the Portuguese music scene, with three albums under their belt and an involving and fresh stage presence.

LBM (c) Bugs Steffen


Sines - Castelo

At the beginning of the 1960s, Joseph Shabalala, a labourer from a rural background living in Ladysmith, a province in KwaZulu Natal, founded a vocal group which would one day become an ambassador for South African music. The sound is unmistakable, based on the tenor, alto and bass harmonies of black mine workers. In the 1980s, Paul Simon would use them for his album ‘Graceland’ and thus make them famous worldwide. Joseph retired in 2014, passing the torch to his four sons. The least one can say is that they do justice to their legacy: ‘Shaka Zulu Revisited’, commemorating the 30-year anniversary of their first album with an international release, earned them the 2018 Grammy for Best World Music album, the fifth of their illustrious career.

Batida Ikoqwe


Sines - Castelo

IKOQWE is the answer to an equation. Angolan rapper Ikonoklasta, better known as celebrated activist Luaty Beirão, joins Pedro Coquenão, a retornado exile from Angola who had never set foot in Portugal, going by the artistic name of Batida. In brackets, the range of topics in their rhymes is as follows: {injustices, identities, migrations, bad math, neo-colonialism, friendships, love, utopia}. The beats hail from Angola, Portugal and the rest of the world. The music genre is the expression of each artist. A statement of belief in empowering alliances, in civil activism and non-partisan and non-biased critical thinking. A production conceived and art directed by Pedro Coquenão.

Underground System


Sines - Castelo

In the beginning, there was Afrobeat, the well of inspiration dug by Fela Kuti which seems to flow with particular freshness in Brooklyn, New York, stomping ground of the Underground System collective. With Afrobeat as its starting point, New York’s cultural effervescence paved the way for new permutations. And so neo-Afrobeat transformed into a global dance movement into which no wave, electronica, contemporary classical, disco and house all flowed. Their debut album, ‘What Are You’, came out in 2018. Live on stage, this seven-strong band revolves around Peter Matson, guitarist, producer and DJ, and frontwoman Domenica Fossati. An Afro-Italian artist who came to Miami via Venezuela, Domenica sings, plays the flute and dances. She is the sorceress who binds the group together and is its magic ingredient.

Inner Circle


Sines - Castelo

The curtain comes down on the Castelo stage with one of reggae’s most popular groups. Formed in 1968 in Kingston, Inner Circle came up with a style where Jamaican beats went pop to make them accessible to a larger public. With about 30 albums to their name, including the acclaimed ‘Bad Boys’ from 1993, winner of a Grammy, their biggest hits ‘Sweat (A La La La La Long)’ and ‘Bad Boys’, have guaranteed their place in the history of pop music. The line-up coming to Sines includes founding brothers - Roger Lewis (guitar) and Ian Lewis (bass) - accompanied by Lance Hall on drums, Bernard Harvey on keyboards, Trevor Bonnick (vocals) and Ronny Gutierrez (guitar).

António Marcos


Sines - Av. Vasco da Gama

It’s the 1950s. The monkeys won’t stop stealing from the machamba (vegetable garden) of little António’s family and he builds a tin guitar to help chase them away. And so, a musician is born. A native of Xai Xai, he moves to Maputo in 1963. He works as houseboy, climbs into the ring as a boxer, and writes songs in his spare time. He records his first album in 1970, singing mostly in Changana, the language of the province of Gaza. And off he sets on a path which brings him recognition in Mozambique and beyond. He becomes one of the greats of marrabenta music. He was in Sines in 2002, as part of the group Mabulu. He’s now back for his first concert in Portugal with his own band.

La P'Tite Fumee


Sines - Av. Vasco da Gama

Originally from Toulouse, France, they are one of the most well-known groups of natural trance, or in other words, played on acoustic instruments. On stage four musicians invite the audience to a party where techno, trance, tribal and retro-futurist ambient music come together and authenticity and a return to ecological values are humankind’s destiny. Dance music with instruments that live and breathe: Chand playing didgeridoo, flute and percussion; Camille on guitar; Kravi on bass, and Vins'O on drums. After a tour across India in 2018, they are releasing a new album in 2019, made possible by the love of their fans, in a crowdfunding campaign which overreached its target by 159%.

Zenobia (c) Zenobia

ZENOBIA (Palestine)

Sines - Av. Vasco da Gama

Their full name is Zenobia Electronic Music Group, and their promise is to make ‘authentic Arabic electronic music’. They are Nasser Halahlih (on Ableton Push and synthesiser) and Isam Elias (on keyboards, synths and drum pads). They joined forces as a duo in Haifa and chose as their muse the Queen of Palmyra, Zenobia, who ruled the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt in the 3rd century BC. This is electronic dance music enriched by rhythms plucked from the lands the queen ruled over: Syrian and Palestinian dabke, Egyptian beats and vibes. The sound, recorded on a self-titled EP and soon on their debut album, is a place somewhere between the desert and the cosmos. To close the festival, we are going on a journey to the enchantments of the Arabian nights.