The Bandé-Gamboa project, which joins two intergenerational bands from Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, launches tomorrow, 12th June their debut album, seeking to captivate young Africans and Westerners.
It also has a book that accompanies the album, after 20 years of searching for African vinyls and CDs. Africans and Afrodescendants rarely buy records, so African culture is reduced to genres such as reggae, soul, funk or rock. Those who buy are limited to “old school.”
The publisher went ahead with the creation of two bands, one of Cape Verdean musicians and the other of Guinean musicians who live in Lisbon, to recreate old songs from the two countries, with different goals.
In the case of Guinea-Bissau, it tried to make “fresh and contemporary versions” of gumbé, a style little known outside the country and which was being recorded by many artists and with different ideas than usual.
In Cape Verde case, the versatility of funaná and its limits were tested, as it was known worldwide as opposed to gumbé.
There is a challenge to try to please the public on both continents.
Today, they will reissue in Guinea-Bissau the Super Mama Djombo, a band of rare records and very sought after in the West.
The album, which will be released on June 12 in physical and digital format, has six themes for each country, also paying tribute to Amílcar Cabral, co-founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde and one of the greatest symbols of struggle for the independence of the two countries.
Written by: Cristina Lopes da Fonseca