Flamenco

Flamenco Andalusia AndaluciaAnd here I am once again to make up for my friends’ absence (not sure whether they’re even alive!). Today I’m going to continue the “around the world” journey Lourenço started (and which I later helped, even more than once) a couple of months ago . My destination will be Spain – more precisely, Andalusia, a Spanish region.

Andalusia is one of the most visited regions in the world, mainly for its water-warm beaches (Marbella, Torremolinos, Cádiz, Tarifa and many other), and to some extent for its ski  resort Sierra Nevada. But Andalusia is more than that! It’s a region of culture mixes – they were Iberian region with more Moorish influence (it was where they settled the longest) and most probably with the highest percentage of Romani people one – but at the same time a mirror of traditional Spanish culture (for example, with the bullfighting.

It was the Romani influence that was in the origin of the style that I’m going to talk about (yeah, after 19283 words I finally get to the point!) – the Flamenco. Well, actually I’m only referring Flamenco, as I know close to nothing about it. But the little I know is totally worth sharing, and hence my post 🙂

As a guitar player, I easily got to know Paco de Lucía, not only the best Flamenco guitar player, but also one of the best guitar players of the world! As so, I think everyone should listen to him at least once in a lifetime. If you do not know him, be prepared to be amazed – his technique is impressive and his style is quite unique. I’ll share with you today his most known (and my favourite) song, Entre dos Aguas, and part of his interpretation of Concierto de Aranjuez, a classical masterpiece. Enjoy! 😉

Here you have the studio version.

And to finalize things in a softer way, here you have the beautiful Adagio part of Paco de Lucía Concierto de Aranjuez.

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Roaming into Summer!

Hi everyone!

Cabo Verde beach praia

 

As some of you know, the writers of this blog (myself included) live in Portugal, a country in which the summer has arrived several weeks ago – and hopefully will remain for a few more! As so, we (I am assuming it is not just me) feel like listening to summer songs, whatever that is 😛 And although I am not sure what that is, there are some that we can label as “summer songs” quite easily.

 

Na Ri Na, from Lura, is one of those songs. Lura is a Portuguese singer but her songs are mainly based in Cape Verdean traditional music (she is of Cape Verdean descendent). In 2005 she released her main hit (I guess), Na Ri Na, a great song that makes us want to catch the first flight to Cape Verde to enjoy the beaches and the good weather. Maybe this post helps you to clear your indecisions about this summer vacations 😛

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Keeping roaming

Well, I hope that Lourenço doesn’t mind, but today I am going to continue the journey he started.

I am going to bring you a Serbian song that I first heard  at the closing ceremony of this year’s Handball European Championship (after watching the great final game between Denmark and Serbia, by the way!).

I must say that what first caught was not the song, but the dance that was being performed – I am not a great fan of dancing, but what they did really struck me! So I’ll leave you the performance that contains both the song and the dancing (if you only watch what I am talking about, jump to the minute 4:50:

The song that starts at 4:50 is Vrtlog, by Dejan Petrovic

Roaming into other lands…

Hello!

First, I’d like to salute every reader that is not from our homeland, Portugal. Okay, I salute the Portuguese too 😛

From the above map, you can see that we’ve had visualizations in every continent now! From Honk Kong to Ecuador, from Canada to Australia, we’ve shared “our” music throughout the world, and we’re very glad to be able to reach all those different cultures. How awesome is that?

OudSo, today, I’m going to take you on a journey away from the usual pop-rock-metal British/American stuff. We’re going to visit a Tunisian jazz-like composer, singer and oud player. What’s an oud, you may ask. I’ll show you one, it’s right here on the left. But back to Tunisia. Mr. Dhafer Youssef, the oud player we’re visiting, teamed up with the armenian-born pianist Tigran Hamasyan and delivered the very good album Abu Nawas Rhapsody. But enough talk, the music is what’s important. Enjoy.