Friday, 24 July 2009

Nightlife, not wildlife - it's festival time again!

One of the Dele Sosimi dancers at the World Music Festival in Sines

It's that time of year again and we're back in Portugal enjoying the sights, sounds and scenic backdrops of Porto Covo and Sines to enjoy an eclectic mix of musical talent from around the globe. The first three nights of the festival (Festival Musicas do Mundo 2009) were held at the lovely coastal resort of Porto Covo.

Dele Sosimi from Nigeria

Typically there are three very different acts per night at Porto Covo. This year the selection included O'QUESTRADA from Portugal, RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES from USA and CIRCO ABUSIVO from Italy on the first night. VICTOR DÉMÉ (Burkina Faso), THE UKRANIANS (UK) and DELE SOSIMI AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA (Nigeria/UK) worked their magic on the second night at Porto Covo. The third night showcased WYZA (Angola), ORQUESTA TIPICA FERNANDEZ FIERRO (Argentina) and DAARA J FAMILY (Senegal).

Below are images from the various acts at Porto Covo.

Dele Sosimi brass section

Dele Sosimi

Steff Trymruk - The Ukrainians

Len Liggins

All the above - The Ukrainians

Back stage at Porto Covo

Trinca Espinhas, a lovely beach restaurant between Sines and Porto Covo

Families of all ages come to eat at the beach side food stalls in Sines

Sines beach at dusk

Vasco Da Gama was a native of Sines. His statue dominates the area close to the castle

The concert arena in Porto Covo only yards from the sea (above) and one of the delightful sandy coves a short walk from the arena (below)

This is an example of the first three days and we're here for ten. More to follow . . .