Video killed the quarantine mood (3)

A very much empty Praça do Comércio, in Lisbon, last September.

Welcome to the third post of this series dedicated to short “video trips” across Portugal, mixing music, culture and landscapes from this little rectangle by the sea. 

Although this blog has always been dedicated to Portugal but never really talked about Lisbon (except for the occasional mention for the sake of context) today’s music videos have Lisbon sharing the stage along with other places (Spoiler alert: once again, there will be no Fado). Let’s start off with a bit of suburbia!

The video “Um contra o outro” from band Deolinda begins in downtown Lisbon and includes quite a few common sights from the pre-Covid world, like the traditional games (hopscotch, trompo/ whipping top, checkers and marbles, among others). Also worthy of mention are the embroidered white shirts that you’ll sometimes see the guitar players wearing: those embroidery motifs are a twist on the traditional style of embroidery from the Minho region, in the north of Portugal.

Not traditional however is practicing ski in the Lisbon suburban area: enter the Skiskate Amadora Parque. Amadora is one of the most heavily populated municipalities in the so-called Lisbon Metropolitan Area and the original area of residence of most of the band members.

Next we have Conjunto Cuca Monga’s song “Tou na moda”, an ironic take on being cooler than cool. 

Right at the start of the video a hipster trio dressed in black show up next to the very trendy and Instagram-famous MAAT (Museum of Arts, Architecture and Technology). You can also see, in the background, the bridge connecting Lisbon to Almada, on the south margin of the Tagus river.

If you’ve never seen a guy dancing while wearing a sort of long coat made of straw, now is your chance. Believe it or not, once again, this is a traditional type of clothing found in the north of the country (although it wouldn’t be unlikely to find it in some parts of Central Portugal too). Believe me when I tell you that it worked as protection against the rain.

Young men in white togas? Why yes, and they are in Évora, in the Alentejo region, next to the well known Temple of Diana. Not far from the city of Évora you can visit the Almendres cromlech, among the most important megalithic monuments in Portugal and, apparently, also a great dancing spot. If you’re into dancing with your toga-wearing friends, that is.

The guys in the empty parking lot? Probably somewhere in Alcântara, an originally blue-collar neighbourhood in Lisbon. I can’t be totally sure, so please don’t quote me on that, but in any case I could bet that bit was filmed somewhere near the river.

Trivia tidbit: the album that includes this song was recorded during the 2020 lockdown in Portugal, with band members contributing separately, from their homes, to the album.

Where should we go for the next blog post on this series? North or South? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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