Gerard “Boy” Mendes (born 1952) is a Senegalese musician of Cape Verdean descent. He was born in Dakar, Senegal and was raised in the city’s Cape Verdean diaspora community. As a child, he grew up in a household filled with the sounds of the native morna and coladeira, both Cape Verdian music styles. Later in his life he teamed with other musicians and form Cabo Verde Show, one of the most popular Cape Verdean bands of all time.
Episode 149 - Vinho do Porto
In this week’s show I won’t talk about an artist. I will tell you about our trip from La Manzanilla, Mexico to Quadra island, Canada, through the Pandemic that we are all passing. And I will also share my experience how other people in different countries are responding to it.
Episode 148 - Vinho do Porto
Cristina Branco (born 28 December 1972 in Almeirim, Ribatejo, Portugal) was drawn to jazz and styles of Portuguese music before settling on fado, a choice after being introduced to the music of Amália Rodrigues by her grandfather. Branco then studied the poems from which the major fado lyrics are taken.
Photo: ”Cristina Branco” by Oscar Lopez Gonzalez. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence)
Episode 147 - Vinho do Porto
Jorge Mário da Silva, more commonly known by his stage name Seu Jorge, is a Brazilian musical artist, songwriter, and actor. He is considered by many a renewer of Brazilian pop samba. Seu Jorge cites samba schools and American soul singer Stevie Wonder as major musical influences. Jorge is also known for his film roles as Mané Galinha in the 2002 film City of God and as Pelé dos Santos in the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. His musical work has received praise from many of his fellow musicians including Beck and David Bowie.
Photo: ”Seu Jorge 1 @ Coachella 2006” by Redfishingboat. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence)
Episode 146 - Vinho do Porto
The Carnival in Brazil is a major part of Brazilian culture. It is sometimes referred to by Brazilians as the “Greatest Show on Earth”. The first true Carnival expression of this Brazilian festivity, officially recognized by Brazilian historians, took place in Rio de Janeiro, with the préstitos, very similar to a musical processions, in 1641, when John IV of Portugal was crowned King and parties were celebrated in public streets. Do you wanna know more about different Carnivals in Brazil?
Photo: ” Brazilian Day” by Miss Barabanov. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence)
Episode 145 - Vinho do Porto Carnival special
Delfins was a Portuguese pop-rock band, from Cascais. Its lead vocalist is Miguel Ângelo. Other members of the group are Rui Fadigas, Fernando Cunha, Silvestre Magalhães, Pedro Molkov and João Carlos Magalhães. The band was one of the major pop-rock music groups in Portugal in the 90’s, and made various appearances in the Portuguese National Finals for the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1998, the Delfins contributed “Canção De Engate (In Variações Memory Remix)” to the AIDS benefit compilation album Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon produced by the Red Hot Organization.
The Band sold more than half a million records, and in 2009 the group officially announce a permanent band retirement. 
Episode 144 - Vinho do Porto
 For this week I have prepared a special show - a very Romantic show, almost touching the cheezy here and there. Not much talk this week… just some love songs from Portugal and Brazil.
I wish you a very loving week, and a very romantic Valentine’s Day!!!
Episode 143 - Vinho do Porto special Valentines
André Mingas was an Angolan musician and composer He was considered one of the artists of the golden generation of Angolan music along with Teta Lágrimas, Filipe Mukenga, Waldemar Bastos and others. His first album, “Coisas da Vida” was released over 30 years ago, but still continues to be one of the Angolan musical references, mixing local rhythms with jazz and rock. Among his best known works is the song “Mufete,” considered one of the great successes of Angola. The musician was also deputy minister of Culture and during his term created the SADIA, Angolan society of Authors. Beside the music, André Mingas was an architect that devoted part of his life to politics having been appointed Consul of Angola in São Paulo, Brazil. He also served as Secretary of the President for Local Affairs.
Episode 142 - Vinho do Porto
Alfredo da Rocha Viana, Jr., better known as Pixinguinha (April 23, 1897 – February 17, 1973) was a composer, arranger, flautist and saxophonist born in Rio de Janeiro. Pixinguinha is considered one of the greatest Brazilian composers of popular music, particularly within the genre of music known as choro. By integrating the music of the older choro composers of the 19th century with contemporary jazz-like harmonies, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, and sophisticated arrangements, he introduced choro to a new audience and helped to popularize it as a uniquely Brazilian genre.
Episode 141 - Vinho do Porto
Rui Veloso (born 30 July 1957, in Lisbon), is a Portuguese rock and blues singer and musician. Although he was born in Lisbon, his family moved to the northern city of Porto when he was just three months old. This composer and interpreter had a great impact on the Portuguese music scene with the record, Ar de Rock (April 1980), whose influences were Eric Clapton and B.B.King. This album is considered a landmark of rock music in Portugal, and the one that started the boom in rock music in Portugal in the 1980s.
His lyrics, normally written by Carlos Tê, are strongly influenced by the Porto culture. An unconditional lover of the blues, he has played with B.B. King several times. He became one of the most productive and renowned Portuguese musicians, as his discography clearly shows today.
Episode 140 - Vinho do Porto
Rita Lee (born Rita Lee Jones, December 31, 1947) is a Brazilian rock singer and composer. She is a former member of the Brazilian band Os Mutantes and is a popular figure in Brazilian entertainment, where she is also known for being an animal rights activist and a vegetarian. She has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.
Episode 139 - Vinho do Porto
José Afonso, Zeca Afonso or just Zeca (2 August 1929 – 23 February 1987) is among the most influential folk and political musicians in Portuguese history. He became an icon in Portugal due to the role of his music in the resistance against the dictatorial regime of Oliveira Salazar. He is still widely listened to, not only in Portugal, but also abroad. In 2007 he was elected the 29th Greatest Portuguese.
Episode 138 - Vinho do Porto
Maria Bethânia  is a Brazilian singer and songwriter. She is the sister of the singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso and of the writer-songwriter Mabel Velloso, as well as being aunt of the singers Belô Velloso and Jota Velloso. The singer has released 50 studio albums in 47 years of career, and is among the 10 best-selling music artists in Brazil, having sold more than 26 million records. Bethânia was ranks in 2012, by Rolling Stone Brasil magazine, as the fifth biggest voice of Brazilian music.
Photo: ” Maria Bethania - Abraçar e Agradecer” by Theresa Eugênia. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence)
Episode 137 - Vinho do Porto
Special Christmas show from Mexico!
Episode 136 - Vinho do Porto
Luís Represas is a Portuguese singer-songwriter.
In 1976 he founded the band Trovante, together with João Gil, João Nuno Represas, Manuel Faria and Artur Costa, a group that would prove to be one of the most influential of Portuguese popular music. In 1992 Luis Represas begins his solo career.
He takes refuge in Havana to compose songs, and start a friendship with the Cuban Pablo Milanés (biggest name of Cuban music), that collaborated with him in several albums, amongst other great musicians.
Episode 135 - Vinho do Porto
Bonga is a folk and semba singer and songwriter from Angola. He begun his singing career at the age of 15. From 1972 on he dedicated solely to his music, and immediately became famous in his native Angola, as well as in Portugal. After the Carnation Revolution in April 1974, he would become a hit both with immigrants from the ex-Portuguese colonies, and Portuguese of both African and European descent. He has released over 30 albums, singing in Portuguese and traditional Angolan languages. His tracks are a mixture of Portuguese folk sounds, semba, kizomba and latin elements.
Photo: “Bonga (Angola)” by Aujourd’hui c’est gratuit . Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence)
Episode 134 - Vinho do Porto
Ivete Sangalo is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and occasional actress and television show host. She is one of the most popular and best-selling Brazilian female singers, with six albums released with Banda Eva, and seven more albums in a solo career. Sangalo is most often recognized for her powerful voice, charisma and live performances. Wanna know more?
Photo: “Ivete Vedete” by Capitu. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence)
Episode 133 - Vinho do Porto
Pedro Abrunhosa is a Portuguese singer, musician and songwriter. Aside from his music, he is known for always wearing sunglasses in public. With his band (Bandemonio) they attained triple platinum, a challenging achievement in the Portuguese market, with over 160,000 copies sold of their first album - “Viagens”, as well as performing over 120 concerts across Portugal, the United States, Brazil, Macau, Spain, Luxembourg, France, and Italy, amongst others. And there is more…
Episode 132 - Vinho do Porto
Angenor de Oliveira, known as Cartola (October 11, 1908 – November 30, 1980) was a Brazilian singer, composer and poet considered to be a major figure in the development of samba. Cartola composed, alone or with partners, more than 500 songs.
Episode 131 - Vinho do Porto
Mariza was born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique, to a Portuguese father, José Brandão Nunes, and a Mozambican mother, Isabel Nunes. When she was three years old, her family moved to Metropolitan Portugal, and she was raised in Lisbon’s historic quarters of Mouraria and Alfama. While very young she began singing in a wide variety of musical styles, including gospel, soul and jazz. Her father strongly encouraged her to adopt Fado; he felt that participating in the traditional music would grant her greater acceptance in the Portuguese community. Mariza has sold over 1,000,000 records worldwide.
Photo: “Mariza (i)” by Bruno Bollaert. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence)
Episode 130 - Vinho do Porto
Nara Leao was a Brazilian Bossa Nova and MPB singer and occasional actress. As a teenager in the late 1950s, she became friends with a number of singers and composers who took part in Bossa Nova’s musical revolution. In fact, it was in her apartment in her parents’ home in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro that the new music was born in 1958. She was known as “the muse of bossa nova.”
Episode 129 - Vinho do Porto
Clara Nunes was a Brazilian samba and MPB singer, considered one of the greatest of her generation. A big fan of Portela Samba school, her achievements in the samba genre earned her the title of “Queen of Samba”. Unfortunately she died too soon, at the age of 40… but she left us her wonderful music!
Photo: “Clara show 02” by Luiz Fernando Reis. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence)
Episode 128 - Vinho do Porto
Humanos was a Portuguese band created to bring to light some unreleased António Variações’ songs that were found after his death in a shoe box. David Fonseca, Manuela Araujo and Camane were responsible for what became an unmatched success at that point in the Portuguese music scene (2004 to 2006).
The picture is from their only album which achieved quintuple platinum status.
Episode 127 - Vinho do Porto