“Leva Leva: Litany of Portuguese fishermen”
On the next July 19, at 6:30 pm, the Portimão Museum will receive the presentation of a research on fishermen in the Algarve region and the work of Michel Giacometti with this community.
With its new project focused on the songs of fishermen in Portugal, the FLEE Project platform tries to combine in-depth anthropological research with a hybrid and artistic contemporary reflection on an important facet of Portuguese social and cultural history.
Through working songs from the 1940s, 60s and 80s recorded in the Algarve region, the project attempts to document the history of these fishermen, the nature of their difficulties and often exploitative conditions, as well as their gradual encounter with important economic and political changes. that affected the country in the 1970s.
More than directly observing fishermen, the project also investigates the birth of ethnomusicology in the country through the work of French ethnomusicologist Michel Giacometti, in a period when the country gradually began to “discover itself” and its regional cultures of a reflective way.
To carry out this ambitious work, the collective will publish a book and release an LP, which will feature original archival recordings of fishermen’s songs, as well as revisited versions by contemporary music artists and producers. In parallel, the book will include several essays, interviews, archival photographs, as well as two art commissions, looking at fishermen in Portugal through an original perspective.
The final result will be presented in the Auditorium of our Museum, on July 19 at 6:30 pm, with the presence of those responsible for the project and local researchers Maria João Raminhos Duarte, Carlos Osório and José Garrancho, also featuring moments of musical entertainment.