BITORI ft Chando Graciosa
80 year old Legend of Funana – Once Forbidden Music of Cabo Verde islands
The time has come to put the spotlight on the Legend of Funaná. Since June 2016 the band has played 13+ countries. This accordion virtuoso has influenced generation and continues to spread this raw infectious dance music with his line-up off veteran musicians.
Richmond Folk Festival, Forde Festival Norway, Roskilde Festival, FMM Sines PT, Chicago World Music Festival, Paradiso Amsterdam, Festival MED PT and many more.
Victor Tavares “Bitori” – gaita accordeon
Chando Graciosa – vocals & ferrinho
Toy Paris – drums
Miroca Paris – percussion, backing vocals
Paulo de Fogueiredo – bass, backing vocals
20 Years, in 2016, later that album was released once more: this time sharing Funana music far beyond CV, launching a well deserved international career.
They had met years earlier, when Chando (from Tarafal) was in his late teens and lead singer of the main youth band in Praia. He immediately felt drawn to Bitori’s talent, his raw passionate sound and honest lyrics reflecting the harsh reality of the working class.
The specific music style they are famous for is Funana:based on ferro (metal scraper), vocals, and gaita (accordion). Under Portuguese rule it was forbidden, frowned upon as music of uneducated peasants and deemed too “wild”. Only following Cape Verde’s independence in 1975 the sound began to spread more and broke out of that rural image with fierce energy.
Chando had moved to the largest port city of Europe, Rotterdam: as safe heaven and home to the countries most important label Morabeza Records. There they build around a formidable rhythm section incl drummer Grace Evora and bass player Danilo Tavares. “Bitori Nha Bibinha” was born, a masterpiece which catapulted Chando Graciosa to stardom, making him Cabo Verde´s No.1 singer of Funana.
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