Deolinda Reflects Lisbon’s Unexpected, Happy-Go-Lucky suburban side.
Meet the passionate, whimsical and colorful alter-ego, Deolinda. With Ana Bacalhau on vocals, brothers Pedro da Silva Martins and Luis Jose Martins on guitars, and José Pedro Leitão on bass, Deolinda’s fresh if not iconoclastic take on the traditional Fado, Portugal’s closest equivalent to the American Blues, has won them both praise and chart-topping popularity in their native country. Americans will get to meet Deolinda for the first time this autumn, as the group crosses the Atlantic for their North American tour.
Deolinda inhabits a very different Lisbon from the smoky fado houses and cobblestone streets of tourist fantasy. They’ve traded in the old bittersweet saudade for the dreamy, quirky, jubilant songs of Dois Selos e um Carimbo. Reveling in Portugal’s local color, they are unafraid to grab inspiration from old fado records, Cape Verdean morna, and Portuguese singer-songwriters of the 1970s. Playing their brand of fado with a wink and a smile, Deolinda reflects Lisbon’s unexpected, happy-go-lucky suburban side.
To conjure this other Portugal, the soulful acoustic quartet invented an alter ego, a middle-aged single woman, whose solitary poetry would delight Emily Dickinson. Named Deolinda, she speaks, writing by her high-rise window, watching suburban Lisbon’s characters and foibles unfold below: smoldering subway crushes, cities setting up the world’s tallest mast, instant street parties.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“ exuberant, often comic performances…sweet and catchy melodies, and lyrics loaded with emotive references to fado…” – 4Q