29 July - Saturday
VASCO MARTINS (CAPE VERDE)
Centro de Artes de Sines - Auditório
Symphony composer, pianist, guitarist, novelist, musicologist, poet, producer. A sage who can connect the codes of classical music and jazz with the heritage of Cape Verde's popular music. The son of a Cape Verdean father and a Portuguese mother, Vasco Martins lives on the island of São Vicente. Trade winds and sounds of the world reach this circular place, bordering with the Atlantic ocean, which inspire, absorb and reflect the Cape Verdean spirit. In Sines, he recreates, solo in the piano, the mystery of the islands. A place inhabited by moonlight, morna-tango, waltzes, mazurkas, sanjom/batuku, volcanic desert, unusual trees, working songs, mountains and eagles.
LURA (CAPE VERDE)
She was born in Lisbon and visited Cape Verde when she was 21 years old. She grew up between Europe, the continent of school, and Africa, which she inhabited at home. Today she lives in the archipelago of her ancestors. In Cape Verde, she did not find the paradise that all Diasporas build with the homesickness of their original lands, but she found the morabeza in the people and an infinite musical wealth. Her album "Herança" deepens these roots. The funaná and batuco are the most present rhythms – in the ways shaped by the musical personality of Lura. A woman who sings the strength of the Creole woman, but is not a traditional batucadera. A voice, a body that frees itself in dance and, increasingly, a composer.
MATEO KINGMAN (ECUADOR)
Av. Vasco da Gama
Macas is a small Andean Amazonian town in eastern Ecuador. A magical place for a child to grow, surrounded by mountains and jungle. This is where the music of Mateo Kingman comes from. In his debut album, "Respira," one can listen to organic sounds of nature and lyrics that react to the experience of sharing that space with animals, medicinal plants, indigenous myths and real villains who destroy the woods and pollute the rivers. Mateo took all this to Quito, where he makes music that tries to balance these values, the traditional music and the modernity of his time - electronica, hip-hop, soul. With the permission of the jungle spirits, he is achieving that balance.
GAYE SU AKYOL (TURKEY)
For Gaye Su Akyol, the world we live in is a "hologram empire." This is the translation of the title of her album, "Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu". "Maybe it is not us who are here, but holograms of ourselves." This feeling of unreality is present in the raw material of her music: art rock with traditional melodies, 60s and 70s Anatolian rock, psychedelic rock, surf rock. A combination that makes us wonder: who is Gaye, this painter-turned-singer-songwriter who brings the depth of Anatolia to the Istanbul cosmos? A possible answer: an artist committed to the truth of her culture and to the freedom of artistic expression.
OUMOU SANGARÉ (MALI)
New album, new record label, new look. An Oumou Sangaré as young as ever, on her return to Sines. "Mogoya", an album released by the Parisian label No Format, brings her first new songs in eight years. Songs slowly matured by an artist who is also a woman of unequaled stature - UN ambassador, a voice of women without voice, a successful businesswoman. "Yere Mana", her first single, is a message against the despair of those who think of suicide. "Minata Waraba" is dedicated to a lioness: her mother. Much more will be heard in this concert. Always with the focus on freedom, dignity and tolerance - values that the 13th century Mandinga’s magna carta already proclaimed.
TIKEN JAH FAKOLY (CÔTE D'IVOIRE)
Bob Marley once said: "Reggae will return to Africa." Tiken Jah Fakoly listened to him. With 30 years of career and more than a dozen records of original songs, this Ivorian-born musician has finally accepted to revisit the reggae classics in his album "Racines". However, he did it his way. The basic riddims were recorded at Tuff Gong, Bob Marley's studio in Kingston. The second series of recordings took place in Bamako, with African instruments such as ngoni, kora and balafon, allied to the electric guitars of Mandingo music and the Sahel. The world's most recognised French-speaking reggae artist has thus closed the circle. Marley's prophecy was fulfilled.
AFRIKAN BOY (UK / NIGERIA)
Av. Vasco da Gama
In 2015, Olushola Ajose went to work at the Calais refugee camp. He carried music on a USB stick and the urge to be with those people. When they confused him with one of the Sudanese in the camp, he would reply, "No. I am from the UK, I am a grime MC, I am called Afrikan Boy, and I can relate to what you are going through." Olushola is a second-generation Englishman, the son of Nigerian parents, and has his own share of immigration stories, borders and passports. Fortunately, music has been his visa. He joined the Africa Express project and collaborated with DJ Shadow and M.I.A. On the music map, he is somewhere between Fela Kuti and Tupac Shakur.
Av. Vasco da Gama
They play soukous, but they are not African. They play champeta, but they are not from Cartagena. They like hardcore, but it is not enough to call them punks. They are simply cachacos from Bogotá, citizens of a time when all music from all places of the world can be heard and carried in the pocket. Their names are Fabián Morales, producer and guitarist, Adela Espitia, voice and percussion, and Sandro Londoño, on drums and percussion. They have recorded an EP - "Cannibal Dancer" - where their "soukous champetado" or "soukous hardcore" absorbs other rhythms, such as funk and electronic beats. You can’t be fooled: this one is for partying.
Av. Vasco da Gama
CelesteMariposa's Afro-Dance is the product of eight years of accumulating study material. Tapes, CDs, books, friends. Objective: to go deeper into the history and structure of hundreds of musical styles from African countries where Portuguese is spoken. In order to discover this "hidden treasure" and put it in the "limelight", as it deserves. A project led by Wilson Tavares, expressed in this DJ set, in a cultural action group and in a record label - because "this had to be recorded!" A dance that is a struggle against the Anglo-Saxon and Central European hegemony and in favour of the recognition of this heritage as part of the culture of Portugal.