Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Portuguese "flavoured" traditions ...



I have recently come across street demonstrations of all sorts which clearly denote the necessity Portuguese people have been having of getting hold of something that may still have that Portuguese "flavoured" identity we used to be so attached to in the past ...


"A sardinha é de todos" (sardines belong to us all) reads the street notice in an allegoric and rather "poetical" way of reminding us all that the patron Saint festivities were just around the corner and with them the Portuguese cuisine therewith associated - grilled sardines ..., which haven't yet been "internationalised" though their prices have been subject to the ongoing "inflation" ... making us wonder whether they might belong to us at all in the near future ...












Alentejo male choir group demonstrations down town bringing to light the celebration of the anniversary of of the once well reputed Casa do Alentejo caught everyone's attention because of the melodic and languid-like voices of the singers together with their slow rhythmic forward movements ... reminding us all that whether or not we "move" at such a slow pace we may still end up in the same place ... (in European term policies, that is ...)










Coimbra ... Oh Coimbra !!! of the University students' movement so well known in the past (and yet so needed in the present)  ... The sound of that "charismatic" spoken fado-oriented song I listened to somewhere down town ... felt like "Coimbran" tradition at its best (despite the group being from any possible part of the country ... irrelevant for those who gathered around the group) ... with a modern and creative "flavour" ... a touch of humour ... and the inclusion of atypical instruments ...





























... long live the Portuguese "flavoured" traditions ... and our sense of "possession" ... as to what is and may still be "ours" (in the future) ...











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