João Afonso
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Joćo Afonso

A prime mover in the new folk scene, this Portuguese singer with with an east African heritage mixes worldly roots with a world-wise lyricism.

Mar me quer
Ainda ha caracois
Morrer em Zanzibar
Noves fora

Joćo Afonso is a major player in the incredibly vibrant Portuguese new folk music scene. He brings a powerful lyricism to his singing, which is reminiscent in some ways of the Nueva Cancion of Chile. Afonso combines his lyricism with an outstanding inventiveness in his arrangements, using a variety of sources to provide the perfect structural framework for his songs. In Zanzibar Afonso borrows heavily from African sources (to excellent effect). However Afonso avoids cheap chinoiserie, and by no means is this an ersatz African project. His borrowings are strictly on his own terms, and make sense in the context of the songs he has written for this title.....Overall, Zanzibar is an excellent showcase for one of Portugal's most interesting new folksingers. It navigates the often difficult waters between accessibility and subtle complexity. While Afonso may have drifted farther from Portuguese musical sources than some purists would like, he has shown that he is a continually important presence in Portuguese music. Zanzibar confirms his relevance and ability to deliver outstanding songs." - Erik Keilholtz (Read the complete review in RootsWorld)

Also by Joao Afronso: Missangas

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