LEGEND OF FUNANA: THE FORBIDDEN MUSIC OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS by BITORI

CD Version
SKU90450
ArtistBITORI
TitleLEGEND OF FUNANA: THE FORBIDDEN MUSIC OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
LabelANALOG AFRICA
Catalog #AACD 081
Genre
ReleaseW 40 - 2016
FormatCD - EUCD
Import
 € 14,99 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. Bitori Nha Bibinha
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/l/90450_legend_of_funana_the_forbidden_music_of_the_cape_verde_islands/1_bitori_nha_bibinha.mp3
  2. Rabelado
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/l/90450_legend_of_funana_the_forbidden_music_of_the_cape_verde_islands/2_rabelado.mp3
  3. Cruz Di Pico
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/l/90450_legend_of_funana_the_forbidden_music_of_the_cape_verde_islands/3_cruz_di_pico.mp3
  4. Cabalo
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/l/90450_legend_of_funana_the_forbidden_music_of_the_cape_verde_islands/4_cabalo.mp3
  5. Munana
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/l/90450_legend_of_funana_the_forbidden_music_of_the_cape_verde_islands/5_munana.mp3
  6. Natalia
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/l/90450_legend_of_funana_the_forbidden_music_of_the_cape_verde_islands/6_natalia.mp3
  7. Julinha
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/l/90450_legend_of_funana_the_forbidden_music_of_the_cape_verde_islands/7_julinha.mp3
  8. Didi Di Rez
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/l/90450_legend_of_funana_the_forbidden_music_of_the_cape_verde_islands/8_didi_di_rez.mp3

Description

Amazing sounds from this great accordeon player from Cabo Verde! CD with 24 pages Booklet

In 1997, a quiet, unassuming man of 59 years old named Victor Tavares - better know as Bitori - walks into a studio for the very first time to record a masterpiece which many Cabo Verdean consider to be the best Funan� album ever made. Bitori�s musical adventure had begun long before this point. It was 1954 when he embarked on a journey across the seas to the island of Sao Tom� & Principe. The young man�s hope was to return to Cabo Verde with an accordion.

Following two years of hard labour Bitori had succeeded in saving enough money to acquire what was to become his most valued possession, his cherished instrument. The two month journey back to Santiago, his island of birth, proved time enough to master it. Self taught, Bitori developed his own style, an infectious blaze, that quickly caught the attention of the older generation. Before long Bitori was being asked to share his musical talents, igniting the local festivities around Praia
with his music. But not everybody welcomed the rural accordion-based sound. Perceived as a symbol of the
struggle for Cape Verdean independence and frowned upon as music of uneducated peasants, Funan� was prohibited by the Portuguese colonial rulers. Performing it in public or in urban centres had serious consequences - often jail time and torture awaited musicians that were �caught in the act�. In light of such persecution the genre of Funan� began to slowly disappear.

In 1975 Cabo Verde achieved independence from Portuguese colonial rule. Along with Cabo Verde�s independence came a lifting of the ban placed on Funan�. The musical repercussions in Cabo Verde were plenty - many upcoming artists embraced Funan�, translating and adapting its musical form in new ways. It was not to be until the mid-1990�s, however, that Funan� in its traditional form was actually recorded.

It was a young singer from Tarafal, Chando Graciosa, who was to play a key role in this event. Upon hearing Bitori, Graciosa immediately felt drawn to Bitori's unique playing style - a raw and passionate sound accompanied by honest lyrics that reflected the harsh reality of the Cabo Verdean working class. He eagerly approached Bitori suggesting they join forces and travel overseas with the objective of taking Funan� beyond its rural roots. The two of them, with others in tow, achieved their goal and travelled to Europe, introducing a receptive European audience to the vibrant energy of Funan�.

Eventually Bitori returned to his beloved Cabo Verde. Graciosa opted to settle in Rotterdam in order to pursue his career - he vowed, however, to bring Bitori across to Holland at a later date to record an album. In 1997 the time was ripe to immortalise the sound Bitori had shaped over a time span of four decades. Built around a formidable rhythm section, formed of drummer Grace Evora and bass player Danilo Tavares, "Bitori Nha Bibinha" was recorded. The recording catapulted Chando Graciosa to stardom, making him Cabo Verde�s No.1
interpreter of Funan�.

The success in Cabo Verde was phenomenal and Funan� rapidly gained the recognition it deserved, especially in urban dance clubs. Bitori�s songs quickly became standards - classics known and loved throughout the country. The musical success, however, was solely limited to the Cabo Verdean islands - until now!

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