I’m back!

Lions dance in Saint Paul's Ruins, MacaoThe title of this post has two meanings: I’m back in the blog and I’m back in Macau!

Sorry for being absent for such a long time, but Nuno did a pretty good job keeping the boat afloat. Thanks for that, mate!

In my first time here I met a group of very nice people that made my stay a lot of fun. One of them has become, or so I gather, our first polish blog follower and has since then sent me a handful of musical suggestions that I promised to post here. So here’s a playlist with the nice songs Olga sent me – it ranges from Sweden to Czech Republic. Enjoy!

When thinking about Macau, apart from the obvious chinese music accompanying dancing dragons and lions, one of the first things that comes to my mind in musical terms is the portuguese band Rádio Macau that had a few hits in the 80’s and 90’s, the best know being O Anzol (the fishhook). I’ve come to like two or three of their songs in the past few months, especially O elevador da Glória (Glória’s funicular – national monument) and Bom dia Lisboa (good morning Lisbon). Incidentally, both speak about the portuguese capital and its charms, and returning home after going around the world visiting other places, which obviously appeals to me while staying abroad 🙂 But enough chit chat chatter, here are the songs:

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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.