Made in Portugal #2

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Um dos meus musicos portugueses preferidos e Antonio Zambujo. Tive a sorte de conhece-lo ha muitos anos, ainda nao tinha dado os primeiros passos na vida publica, embora ja levasse muitos anos a fazer da musica a sua vida. Tive oportunidade de ve-lo pelos bares, primeiro de Beja e depois de Porto Covo. Alguns anos depois veio o Amalia que lhe deu, finalmente, projeccao, a par do reconhecimento do seu talento. Desde entao o Antonio desdobrou-se em varias sonoridades e basta ouvir o seu ultimo album de originais – Quinto – para percebermos a variedade de influencias que nele habitam. Embora seja frequentemente visto como um fadista, parece-me uma designacao um pouco limitadora do seu trabalho. Nele, facilmente encontramos o Cante Alentejano – as suas origens -, fado, chorinho e muito mais. O Antonio Zambujo cresceu e multiplicou-se e e, sem duvida, uma referecia incontornavel na musica portuguesa.

 

Lambreta, Antonio Zambujo

 

One of my favorite Portuguese musicians is Antonio Zambujo. I was lucky enough to have met him many years ago, when he still hadn’t taken his first steps in public life but was already making a living out of music for a long time. I had the opportunity to see him in bars, first in Beja and later in Porto Covo. A few years later came Amalia – a musical show on stage for several years – that finally gave him projection, alongside with the recognition of his talent. Since then Antonio unfolded in various sonorities, as reflected in his latest album – Quinto – where we can easily recognise an enormous variety of influences. Although he is often seen as a Fado singer, it seems to me that that is a limited view about his work. We can easily find in it the Cante Alentejano – traditional song from Alentejo Fado, Chorinho and much more. Antonio Zambujo grew and multiplied himself and he is undoubtedly an essential reference in the Portuguese music scene.

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