O Primeiro Canto

O Primeiro Canto

by Dulce Pontes

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O Primeiro Canto

In Portugal, fado queen Amália Rodrigues commands the sort of reverence that one would give to Miriam Makeba in South Africa, Celia Cruz in Cuba (though Cruz now resides in the U.S.), Edith Piaf in France, Umm Kalthum in Egypt, or Cesaria Evora in Cape Verde. In other words, Rodrigues is considered a national treasure -- she isn't just liked in her country, she's loved. So when Dulce Pontes is exalted as "the new Amália Rodrigues", it is a major compliment. However, bestowing that title on Pontes is problematic in various respects. First, it's a lot to live up to. Second, Pontes is her own person; O Primeiro Canto, her fifth album, demonstrates that she is a clone of no one. Although Rodrigues' influence is quite strong on this album, Pontes' individuality comes through on the up-tempo "Patio dos Amores" as well as haunting, dramatic ballads such as "Porto de Mágoas," "Garcia Perdida," "O Que For, Há-De Ser," and "Fado-Mãe." Americans who associate the Portuguese language with Brazilian singers might be surprised to hear how different Pontes' use of the language is -- Portuguese sounds a lot different in Portugal (where it originated) than it does in Brazil. Just as French sounds like a lot different in Quebec than it does in Paris and British English doesn't sound like American English, Pontes' use of Portuguese is much different from what one would expect from a Brazilian singer like Flora Purim or Gal Costa. Pontes and Costa sing in the same language, but they pronounce words differently. One thing Pontes does have in common with Brazilian singers is a certain soulfulness. Pontes brings a tremendous amount of feeling to these performances, and while comparisons to the great Rodrigues are well-intentioned, O Primeiro Canto leaves no doubt that she is an excellent fado singer in her own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/22/2005
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0731454387729
catalogNumber: 5438772

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dulce Pontes   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Trilok Gurtu   Percussion,Drums,Tabla,Vocals,Voices
Wayne Shorter   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Conard   Percussion
Angelo Dell'Orto   Violin
Jaques Morelenbaum   Cello
Arlia de Ruiter   Conductor
Myrdhin   Harp,celtic harp
Leonardo Amuedo   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Jesse Cook   Acoustic Guitar
Justin Vali   Valiha
Bernardo Bessler   Violin
Wim Both   Trumpet
António Pinheiro Da Silva   Flute
Phillip Kolb   Clarinet
Luis Pontes   Acoustic Guitar
Jelle Schouten   Trumpet
Waldemar Bastos   Acoustic Guitar
Joao Ferreira   Percussion,Drums,Triangle,Djembe,Rainstick,Xequere
Jan Oosting   Trombone
Anders Norudde   Bagpipes,Flute,Overtone Flute,Swedish Bagpipes
Ricardo Cruz   Bass,Double Bass,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Trilok Gurtu   Contributor
Albert Boekholt   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Colin Fairley   Studio Manager
Jaques Morelenbaum   Arranger
Leonardo Amuedo   Arranger
Dulce Pontes   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
António Pinheiro Da Silva   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Kepa Junkera   Contributor
Luis Pontes   Arranger
Joao Ferreira   Water Effects
Anders Norudde   Contributor

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