After living for two years that – for the worst
reasons – represented an essential learning
process of decisive importance, I am still the
same albeit different.
In fact, everything has changed.
Especially my work, which is me – there are no
Here is the soundtrack of that period in which
there is heaven and hell, harshness and passion,
Fados of bitter longing, songs of heart and
bone, black roses, absence, tears and rebirth.
The musics of Pura Vida (soundtrack) are pure
music, pure musical notes completely free
of rules because I do not need anymore to
belong to any genre or tribe after what I have
I cannot nor do I want to render this banal.
I do not think Fado is happy or sad, it is Life, Fate.
Only a music with this nobility allows us to uses
its most symbolic melodies the way painters
use primary colours to express everything their
souls need to say.
That is why I say that this album includes fado
musics but it is not an album of Fado.
Pura Vida (soundtrack) is full of gaps, rough edges
and sometimes a little “silk, velvet and wool”.
The Portuguese guitar is Heaven and the
electric guitar Hell.
The feeling of tragedy is conveyed in this work
through the electric guitar.
It is not a question of being “pop or modern”,
on the contrary.
I dare to say that there is a cinematographic
beauty in Fabrizio Romano’s arrangements.
It is not an album to anaesthetise the public. It
is an album that seeks the “other”, an echo of
that fragility and inability that we have all felt.
The mystical Rumi said that the wound is the
place through which light enters.
In this case you are being asked to hear the
difference. The beauty, strength and humility
that a “calvario” can offer us . The anxiety of
a possible path through the words of Miguel
Torga, Tiago Torres da Silva and Vasco Graça
Moura, among others.
And finally, the wish to live and sing without
being afraid to show your scars.