Voix De Femmes Du Portugal
Women's Voices of Portugal



1. O Senhora Do Alivio (Gary Cramolini)
2. Virgem da Concilação (Catarina Chitas)
3. Senhora Do Desterro (Rancho Folclorico De Vinhó)
4. São João (Catarina Chitas)
5. Misericordia (Gary Cramolini)
6. Alvissaras (Catarina Chitas)
7. Nossa Senhora Do Leite (Catarina Chitas)
8. Menina Do Bahlo (Gary Cramolini)
9. Vai Te Lavar Morena (Gary Cramolini)
10. Moreninha de Me Um Beijo (Grupo Chorale Feminino Flores Do Alentejo)
11. Galandrum (Albino Da Igreja; Isabel Da Igreja; Jose Ventura; Maria Da Igreja; Victor Alves)
12. Eu E de Mire Acentare (Grupo Chorale Feminino Flores Do Alentejo)
13. A A Pastorinha (Catarina Chitas)
14. Somos de Vila de Cuba (Grupo Chorale Feminino Do Alentejo)
15. So Portugues Immigrante (Grupo Chorale Feminino Do Alentejo)
16. A A Barragem (Grupo Chorale Feminino Do Alentejo)
17. Ligas Verdes (Albino Da Igreja; Isabel Da Igreja; Jose Ventura; Maria Da Igreja)
18. Homem Raro (Fado) (Fontes Rocha; Judite Pinto; Luis Gonçalves)
19. Cinta Vermelha (Fado) (Judite Pinto; Luis Gonçalves)
20. Calso Entorando (Desgarrada) (De Jesus, Sebastião; Judite Pinto; Luis Gonçalves)
21. Berceuse de Madère (Graca Serrao)
A collection of vocal works from the full spectrum of females in Portugal. There is much more here than simple fado to be heard, though fado is certainly represented. The quality of the album ranges from mildly grating to outstanding, touching most bases in between. There is a pair of choruses singing on the album, Cramol and the Flowers of Alentejo. Both provide some harmonic work that's appreciated in an otherwise barren-of-accompaniment album for the most part, but at the same time, the melodic work leaves something to be desired in general. More listenable perhaps are the solo singers. Catarina Chitas, an 80-year-old ex-shepherdess, performs a few numbers accompanied only by herself on a frame drum. The power left in her old voice is rather stunning as she wails through her songs. Even older is Judite Pinto, the primary fado singer on this album. Here is where the beauty of the album is truly shown. Pinto's vocals are still powerful and expressive, helped along by the outstanding guitar work of the Goncalves brothers. Unfortunately, the shining moments of fado are hardly enough to balance out the sometimes-rougher works. For a nice overview of some of the more overlooked folk forms of Portugal, this isn't a bad way to go...
says: Adam Greenberg


The adufe is one of the rare square double headed frame drums. A wooden structure is covered with rawhide from a sheep or goat and some rattling objects are thrown inside. The adufe is traditionally played by women in the interior provinces of Portugal, Beira Baixa and Trás-os-montes. In some regions it is simply called pandeiro (frame drum). Its sound invites meditation or even trance. To play it the adufe is held by the two hands with one corner pointing to the skies. The hands beat one of the skins and shake and hold the instrument.



kokolo said...

thank you Miguel

Janas said...

Hola Miguel! Les agradezco mucho por este aporte.

Fernando Rocha said...

OLÁ. Ficaria muito contente, se fosse possível ressubir este link e o anterior.

de PORTUGAL,UM Abraço.

Miguel said...

Enjoy :-)

un Abraço.