Sunday, 14 October 2007
Lusofonia a (R)evolução
In Lisbon, a new generation of musicians, producers and DJs is asserting itself. Tuned in to the aesthetical and technological developments in music, it nevertheless carries a distinctive trait inherited from the culture which they are a part of: the Lusophone world.
It is this trait that uphold the uniqueness of our artists in a historical context in which homogenization in the creative sphere thwarts all originality. Lusophony, the (R)Evolution is a calling card for the Lusophone musical identity.
It all began in the 15th century, when Portugal embarked on its maritime expansion.
A small country of around one million inhabitants travelled across the Atlantic and reached Brazil, ventured round Africa and Asia - of India, Japan or Indonesia. It wrought an empire, one of the foundations of which lay on the slave trade. This dark side of history (present from the empires of Antiquity up to the present age) created in Portugal a community of Africans who brought their customs, rituals, music and dances with them to Lisbon. Around the1450s, 10% of the population of Lisbon was of African origin. With the passage of time, the miscegenation between blacks and whites gave birth to multicultural peoples - it's not by chance that Brazil is the most multicultural country in the world. Read More Here
Trailer | Lusofonia a (R)evolução
Trailer | “The scratch is out on the street”
Largo do Carmo was a key place in the 25 April 1974 Revolution, which ended Fascism in Portugal. 32 years later, Hip Hop paid it a tribute through the most emblematic of Portuguese turntablists, DJ Nel’Assassin. In this conceptual performance he used recordings from the morning of the 25th of April 1974, together with scratching and contemporary beats.