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