Gilberto Gil, voice and guitar
Bem Gil, voice and guitar
Mestrinho, voice and accordion
Mayra Andrade, voice
Chiara Civello, voice and piano
Domenico Lancellotti, drums, percussion and MPC
Bruno Di Lullo, bass
Thomas Harres, drums and percussion
Thiagô Queiroz, saxophone and flute
Mateus Aleluia Filho, trumpet e flugelhorn
Nara Gil e Ana Lomelino, vocals
Festas de Lisboa will end at the sound of samba, reggae, Bahia’s afro and american funk. Gilberto Gil will take to the stage in Jardim da Torre de Belém, with the show Refavela 40. Join the party, because “the best place in the world is here and now!”
The history of this show begins in 1977, when Gilberto Gil made his first journey to Africa. He went to Nigeria, to take part in Festac. Back in Brazil he recorded Refavela, a record that became one of his most respected albums, a classic inspired by the rhythms, experiences and songs he lived and heard while in Lagos, Nigeria. Refavela is seen by the critics as a record that combined “the four dots of black music produced in those days: Fela Kuti’s afrobeat was the the focal point that brought together Africa’s juju music, Rio de Janeiro’s black funk, Bahia’s afro-brasilian sounds and the reggae made in Jamaica”. (Mauro Ferreira, Globo).
In 2017, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Refavela, the musician, producer and Gil’s son, Bem Gil, came up with Refavela 40. Friends and music partners came together to bring new life to the songs in the album, but also to other songs as Two Naira Fifty Kobo, composed and recorded by Caetano Veloso in ‘77 (he was also in Nigeria with Gilberto Gil) and Exodus by Bob Marley, also released 40 years ago.
After Brasil, Refavela 40 comes to Europe and adds two names to the group, Mayra Andrade and Chiara Civello, in a celebration that will for sure end Festas de Lisboa in the best way possible.