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18 July - Thursday

Porto Covo

Sona Jobarteh


INATEL Stage @ Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

We open FMM Sines 2019 by celebrating an instrument that symbolises the music of the Mandinka peoples from Western Africa. We also celebrate the way music is able to be a beacon of social progress. Sona Jobarteh is the first female virtuoso of the kora, a harp used by the Griots and played first and foremost by men. Descended from the region’s musical royalty (she is the cousin of Toumani Diabaté), she learned the kora aged 4. Later on, she studied classical music in the United Kingdom. Nowadays she is in a class of her own and an activist for her culture. Besides the kora, she also sings and is a composer. A woman of the times, she brings to her native Gambia’s heritage a worldliness seen in her eyes and felt in her fingertips.

Ronda da Madrugada


INATEL Stage @ Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

In 1493, Christopher Columbus dropped anchor on the island of Santa Maria on the way back from his first voyage to the New World. In 2019, it is our turn to do the same. It is here in the heart of the Atlantic that we find Ronda da Madrugada, a folk-rock band which since 1998 has been taking the music of the Azores in new directions. Proudly dedicated in their mission to promote the name of the Azores, their songs are clearly steeped in the traditions and different dialects of the Portuguese spoken on the archipelago. This is joyous music with a local accent, by regulars of the Azores’ biggest festivals who have also travelled far and wide to the Portuguese mainland and beyond. The EP ‘Vintena’, celebrating 20 years in the business, is the inspiration for this concert.

JP Bimeni (c) Tomoko Suwa-Krull


INATEL Stage @ Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

Jean Patrick Bimenyimana Serukamba’s happy childhood came to an abrupt halt in 1993. Civil war broke out in Burundi. The mortal struggle between Hutus and Tutsis resulted in a genocide claiming hundreds of thousands of lives. They tried to kill him too, but he managed to escape. At 16, he settled as a refugee in Wales. The soundtrack to his new life was Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye. And so began the maturation of the musical talent he is today. He debuted in 2018 with the album ‘Free Me’, with The Black Belts as his backing band. Soul and funk are his main inspirations, but the boy born in Bujumbura is never forgotten. Stories of an extraordinary life are the heart and soul of his songs.

Barmer Boys

BARMER BOYS (Rajasthan - India)

INATEL Stage @ Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal

Gipsy music, Sufi tradition and beatboxing. That’s the Barmer Boys in a nutshell. The group’s roots are in the communities of wandering Muslim musicians, the Merasi of Barmer in the state of Rajasthan. Seeing these boys play is to experience the spirituality of the Sufi Kalam to the infectious beat of wedding music. On the right day, they might add a DJ to the mix. In Porto Covo, the voice we hear scaling new heights belongs to Mangey Khan, who also plays the harmonium. Rajak Khan is on the dholak hand-drum. Rais Khan, besides playing traditional instruments, also boasts a more unusual skill: beatboxing. They formed under the wing of Amarrass, a New Delhi record label dedicated to rescuing Indian folk music from obscurity.