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 😛
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:
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?
So, 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.