For today’s post about Portuguese music I’m sharing with you a personal favourite: Meet Diabo na Cruz (“devil on the cross”)! Here’s a song from their latest album:
I’ve been listening to their music pretty much since the band began and the way they mix both rock and folk never ceases to amaze me.
On the one hand you have traditional Portuguese musical instruments and rhythms and lots of references to Portuguese folk lore (ranging from the vocabulary used to stereotypical characters). On the other hand there’s all the sort of rock energy you get from guitars and drums.
I believe that, to some extent, they do a pretty good job at representing my generation: with a foot in the city and the other in Nature, somewhat patriotic but capable of self criticism, torn between keeping up with social media and seeking a deeper connection with something/someone.
I’m leaving you with some video clips of their songs. The last one, “Luzia”, is very interesting in the sense that it was filmed during the Romaria de Nossa Senhora da Agonia, a famous traditional religious festival that takes place in Viana do Castelo.
Do you know any Portuguese bands?
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