This post is going to be a bit nerdy but if you really feel the love for Portugal, and not just a touristic flirt, I’m pretty confident you’ll enjoy it too (how modest of me, I know!).
Today, being Labour Day, I’d like to highlight the work of Michel Giacometti. Although he was born in Corsica, he came to live in Portugal in 1959, after having developed an interest in traditional Portuguese music, thanks to the archives of the Musée de l’Homme in Paris. His work was of vital importance in collecting and registering Portuguese traditions in terms music, dance and oral literature, which would have otherwise been lost – maybe forever. For obvious reasons I’ll be focusing on his recordings of Portuguese work songs.
The videos bellow were part of a TV show which aired between 1971 and 1974 (compare with today’s TV shows) and allow us to have a glimpse into the world of work in different parts of the country in the early 1970’s. It’s interesting, I believe, to notice the different kinds of work he registered, in different parts of the country. Make sure you don’t miss the last video.