Suzanne Vega – She`s the Poet of the urban streets

Suzanne Vega is a poet of the urban streets whose passionate eye catches the motion and vibrant color of the life that surrounds us all.

An internationally respected composer and performer, Suzanne Vega does not write love songs, per se. Her words can rattle and sting, exposing private crimes and inner wars, the pain of need, and the chains of unspoken law. With evocative image and clear-sighted truth she transforms experience into dark and beautiful art.

She is a poet of the urban streets whose passionate eye catches the motion and vibrant color of the life that surrounds us all, through her words a portrait emerges of an exemplary artist and unique individual whose passion embraces the entire scope of human existence, from love and longing to war and politics.

It is a window into a guarded life, and a remarkable journey across an emotional landscape sometimes hard, often cruel, but never barren or devoid of hope.

O nome dela não é Luka, é Suzanne Vega – Poet of the urban streets

Cantora e compositora norte-americana, de nome completo SuzanneNadine Vega, nasceu a 11 de julho de 1959, em Santa Mónica, Califórnia.Aos dois anos de idade mudou-se com a família para Nova Iorque. Estudoudança na High School of Performing Arts (imortalizada no filme/série detelevisão Fame ).

Aprendeu a tocar guitarra por si própria e começou a compor canções inspiradas pela música de Leonard Cohen e Lou Reed.Após abandonar a ideia de se tornar bailarina, foi estudar para o BarnardCollege (onde se formou em literatura inglesa) e começou a atuar ao vivoem bares folk de Greenwich Village.

Em 1984 assinou contrato com a editora A&M Records e, um ano depois,lançou o álbum de estreia, Suzanne Vega Bastante elogiado pela crítica,incluiu temas como “Marlene On The Wall”, “Knight Moves” e “Small BlueThing”.

Em 1986, lançou o single “Left Of Centre”, que foi incluído nabanda sonora do filme Pretty In Pink de John Hughes. No mesmo ano, a cantora colaborou no trabalho Especially For You dos Smithereens,através da faixa “A Lonely Place”.
Em 1987, contribuiu com duas canções para o álbum de Philip Glass, SongsOf Liquid Days .

No mesmo ano, surgiu o álbum Solitude Standing do qual fizeram partetemas como “Tom’s Diner”, “Solitude Standing”, “Gypsy” e “Luka”, o maiorêxito da sua carreira, merecedor de uma nomeação para um Grammy vencedor de um prémio MTV para Melhor Vídeo Feminino. Vega compôsainda o tema principal para a compilação da Disney Stay Awake.

Suzanne Vega - Poet of the urban streets

Mais uma cantora tirada do bau, como o título indica Poet of the urban streets, vale a pena recordar, as minhas favoritas Suzanne Vega e Tanita Tikaram

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Always Remember Madredeus in my blog

Madredeus is a Portuguese band formed in 1985. Their music combines traditional Portuguese music, with influences of modern folk music. The songs’ lyrics are often melancholic, related to the sea, travelling or absence, continuing a tradition of songs dating back to Medieval times, it`s so amazing always remember Madredeus in my blog.

Madredeus founding members were Pedro Ayres Magalhães, Rodrigo Leão, Francisco Ribeiro, Gabriel Gomes and Teresa Salgueiro. Magalhães and Leão formed the band in 1985, Ribeiro and Gomes joined in 1986. In search of a female singer, they found Teresa Salgueiro in one of Lisbon’s night clubs. Teresa agreed to join and, in 1987, Madredeus recorded their first album, Os dias da Madredeus.

Always Remember Madredeus

Always remember Madredeus

The first album was recorded in their rehearsal space, a converted abbey in Lisbon. The recording was especially strenuous due to deafening interruptions every 5 minutes from Lisbon’s tram service, which ran directly above. In honour of this unavoidable presence in their every performance, they named themselves after the surrounding neighborhood, Madre de Deus (Mother of God), shortened to the vernacular Madredeus.

In 1993, Pedro Ayres Magalhães left the band temporarily and was replaced in live concerts by José Peixoto. Magalhães rejoined the group later, making it a sextet with two guitarists.

They released several albums and became very popular in Portugal, but remained relatively unknown abroad. This changed in 1994 when Wim Wenders, impressed by their music, asked Madredeus to perform in his movie Lisbon Story – the soundtrack gave the band international fame. Madredeus consequently toured Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

In 1994, Rodrigo Leão left the band to start a solo career, being replaced by Carlos Maria Trindade.

In 1997, Francisco Ribeiro and Gabriel Gomes left the band as Madredeus’ style started abandoning its fado roots with the release of O Paraíso. At this time Fernando Júdice was invited to join them. The group would, again, be a quintet. Madredeus has sold over 3 million albums worldwide.

In 1998, Madredeus contributed “Os Dias São A Noite (Suso Saiz Remix)” to the AIDS benefit compilation album Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon produced by the Red Hot Organization.

In November 2007, Teresa Salgueiro announced she had left Madredeus.

In April 2012 Madredeus announced its new album Essencia. This album is a travel through Madredeus music for 25 years since it was formed. Madredeus announced too its new formation, composed of Beatriz Nunes (singer), Pedro Ayres de Magalhães (guitar), Carlos Maria Trinidade (synthesizer), Jorge Varrecoso (violin), Antonio Figueirido (violin) and Luis Clode (cello). With this new formation Pedro Ayres said in an interview: “The melody is much more supported, without losing harmonic and rhythmic sense and keeps walking Madredeus”.

Always remember Madredeus.


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Tanita Tikaram – Everybody’s Angel

Tanita Tikaram

Tanita Tikaram was one of the quirkiest and unlikeliest of stars ever to hit the charts when she first emerged as a shy, unassuming 18-year-old in 1988.

The daughter of a Fijian father and a Malaysian mother, she was born in Germany (where her father served in the military) and came to England with her family when she was 12, living in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

She was still in her teens when she started singing in night clubs and was spotted by a scout and signed to WEA Records and her first album ‘Ancient Heart’ was produced by Rod Argent and Peter Van Hooke.

Tanita Tikaram – Good Tradition

On the back of two major hit singles, the intelligently catchy ‘Good Tradition’ and ‘Twist in My Sobriety’, her debut album was an instant success, while Tanita Tikaram herself proved to be a fascinating character, while her sorrowful voice, grounded attitude, exotic background, strong folk-pop melodies and profound, poetic lyrics standing her apart from any other teen act at the time.

Subsequent albums ‘The Sweet Keeper’ (1990), ‘Everybody’s Angel’ (1991) and the self-produced ‘Eleven Kinds of Loneliness’ (1992) proved less successful, but she retained cult hero status, even during periods when she took long breaks from the music industry while living in San Francisco, recording and touring only sporadically.

In 2012 she released her first album for seven years, ‘Can’t Go Back’, produced by Paul Bryan and featuring guest vocalist Grant Lee-Phillips, and she started touring again with a blues-jazz touring band heard to full effect on her 2016 album ‘Closer to the People’.

Tanita Tikaram is known for her powerful, husky voice, and poetic and somewhat obscure lyrics.

Tanita Tikaram nostalgia

Tanita Tikaram acompanha-me à muitos anos e vai continuar a estar presente, comecei a ouvir no vinil e cassetes, passei pelo CD e acabo agora a ouvir nas plataformas digitais de musica. Vi concertos em VHS e no Youtube. Espero que possa trazer alguma nostalgia e emoção a quem como eu, ouviu esta cantora, obrigado Tanita Tikaram.


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Ana Moura – Voz no Fado

Ana Moura – Voz no Fado – Um fado com mundo

Ana Moura – Voz no Fado, não há outra voz no fado como a de Ana Moura. Uma voz que se passeia pela tradição livremente, sem deixar de flirtar elegantemente com a música pop, alargando de uma forma muito pessoal o raio de acção da canção de Lisboa. Mas aquilo que a distingue é não apenas um timbre grave e sensual como há poucos – Ana Moura transforma instantaneamente em fado qualquer melodia a que encoste a sua voz. É um rastilho imediato, uma explosão emocional disparada sem contemplações ao coração de quem a ouve.

Ana Moura review – Portuguese blues get chance to dance

Ana Moura is without doubt Portugal’s favourite fado singer of the moment, bringing a rare talent to the Portuguese blues. Ana’s stunning new album simply titled Moura follows on from her previous release Desfado which spent three years at the top of the charts in Portugal and went quintuple platinum.

Ana continues to develop a new fado for the 21st century working with a new generation of young Portuguese musicians and songwriters whilst still having remained open to the wider musical world in collaborations with The Rolling Stones, Prince, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Herbie Hancock.

Ana Moura - Voz no Fado, is without doubt Portugal’s favourite fado singer of the moment

Enfant rebelle du Fado

Ana Moura est née en 1979 près de la ville de Santarém, au Portugal. Nourrie de musiques diverses dès son enfance, elle sent très vite que le fado l’attire plus que tout. Elle commence pourtant son parcours par le rock. Mais le hasard veut qu’elle se retrouve à chanter du fado un soir dans un bar. Là, tout s’accélère. La fameuse chanteuse Maria de Fé entend parler d’elle et la prend sous son aile. Elle la programme régulièrement au Senhor Vinho qu’elle dirige, l’une des maisons de fado les plus réputées. La carrière de la jeune artiste est lancée et sa popularité ne cessera de croître. Ana Moura conquiert rapidement les scènes internationales et s’exporte outre-Atlantique. Si elle reste profondément attachée aux racines du fado, elle revisite toutefois le genre et l’élargit à d’autres influences musicales. Elle est ainsi amenée à collaborer avec Herbie Hancock, Prince et les Rolling Stones.


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Sarah McLachlan – Sweet Surrender – English / Portuguese

Sarah McLachlan – Sweet Surrender

Sarah McLachlan – Sweet Surrender

It doesn’t mean much
It doesn’t mean anything at all
The life I’ve left behind me
Is a cold room
I’ve crossed the last line
From where I can’t return
Where every step I took in faith
Betrayed me
And led me from my home
Sweet surrender
Is all that I have to give
You take me in
No questions asked
You strip away the ugliness
That surrounds me
Are you an angel
Am I already that gone
I only hope
That I won’t disappoint you
When I’m down here
On my knees
Sweet surrender
Is all that I have to give
Sweet surrender
Is all that I have to give
And I don’t understand
By the touch of your hand
I would

Doce Rendição

Não significa muito
Não significa nada na verdade
A vida que deixei para trás
É um quarto frio
Eu cruzei a última linha
Da qual não posso retornar
Onde cada passo que eu dei em fé
Me traiu
E me levou do meu lar

E doce
Doce rendição
É tudo que eu tenho pra oferecer

Você me toma
Sem perguntar nada
Você tira toda a feiúra
Que existe a minha volta
Você é um anjo?
Eu já me perdi tanto assim?
Eu só espero
Que eu não vá decepcionar você
Quando eu estou aqui em-baixo

E doce
Doce rendição
É tudo que eu tenho pra oferecer x2

E eu não entendo porque
Pelo toque da sua mão
Seria eu aquela a se render

Eu sinto falta das pequenas coisas
Eu sinto falta de tudo (sobre você)

Não significa muito
Não significa nada na verdade
A vida que deixei para trás
É um quarto frio

E doce
Doce rendição
É tudo que eu tenho para oferecer.

Sarah McLachlan - Sweet Surrender, it was released in March 1998 as the second single from her multi-platinum album Surfacing.
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