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New video: “Sardine”

Sardine from Time Warp Blues

Directed by Ricardo Leite

Special thanks: Luz e Vida, Mihai Ionescu, Sara Rafael & Vítor Reis Cordeiro

Time Warp Blues live (online show)

Rita Braga presents “Time Warp Blues” (recorded at Cine-Teatro Estarreja in Portugal, 06.03.2021)

PUSSYCAT Video Premiere

‘Pussycat’ is the 2nd single from Time Warp Blues, and it’s a cover of Miharu Koshi (in Japanese!)

It has premiered on XS Noize.

Video by UNHA

UI Picks

UI picks

Rita’s episode for UI Picks, a new radio series curated by the Underground Institute, for Berlin’s

Underground Institute Picks is curated by the Underground Institute, an international agency for adventurous music and platform for culture. UI Picks episodes are tailored for selected underground radio stations.

In this episode Portuguese multi-instrumentalist Rita Braga explores the whimsical and theatrical recordings made in the 20th century, with some of her favourites throughout the decades, taking you on a time travel through pleasant and delirious roads from 1905 to 1996 – from early wax cylinder single-take recordings, via elaborate cosmic and space-age instrumentals, to expressive and often camp vocalists.

New single and video: Tremble Like a Ghost

A new song has been released today, as a first single of an upcoming album, recorded and produced at Baby Microbe Recording Studio in London. It’s ghostly, it’s catchy, and it will make you want to giggle and tremble and dance. More info below. Premiere on Houdini Mansions.


Tremble Like a Ghost” is the new single by Portuguese avant-pop songstress Rita Braga with a video by renowned animator Martha Colburn.

Tremble Like a Ghost” is a dangerous and quirky earworm that will stay with you longer than its 3:33 minute duration. The juicy lyrics, which reference specific key dates and events that took place over the last 100 years (starting with Pickwick Club’s collapse in 1925), may leave room for interpretation for a niche audience who likes to decipher riddles – or you might just want to stomp your feet and snap your fingers along with it. The unorthodox line-up of instruments consists of violin (played by Galina Juritz), a primitive drum machine as used by the likes of Suicide or Wall of Voodoo, organ and bass. The video’s raw visuals, which combine animation and live footage of Rita and guests appearing as ghostly characters, are a surrealistic assemblage which evoke 1920’s and 30’s cartoons (think of Disney’s Skeleton Dance or Betty Boop cartoons featuring Cab Calloway), traditional Japanese style makeup and the early cinematic experiments of George Méliès.

Album Release + Radio Shows

The new album “Bird on the Moon” has been released on the French label Lunadélia Records! You can order the cd directly from bandcamp, or find it at one of my shows.

The moon bird has been navigating the cosmic airwaves, here is a list of some of the radio shows who were not afraid to play it:

Tonight 10/10 Birmingham’s Brum Radio (9-11pm)
Saturday 13/10 Hamburg’s Lado-B-Seite on FSK Radio (10-11pm – a show dedicated to Portuguese music)
Sunday 14/10 Portugal’s Antena 3 “A Profecia do Duque” (10-11pm)
in London it’s been played often on the Club Integral Radio Show and there was a recent live session on the HelloGoodbye Show, both on Resonance 104.4fm
in Vancouver it’s been broadcasted twice on the Bepi Crespan presents…. on CiTR FM
from Ghent, the Kinky Star Radio on
the incredibly strange internet radio Shirley and Spinoza Radio
…et voilà! the list goes on


credit: Sara Rafael

my bird song took flight to Finland

Long time since I made any update.

Here is a live video with the Finnish group KUKElius performing their own version of my song Erosão at a church in Karkkila, during the 2nd edition of Kukulele Festival.

Erosão translates to “Erosion”, but they made their own free adaptation with Finnish lyrics, and renamed it Pääskynen (“The Swallow”).


Concert at Giv Lowe in Lisbon

I played at the opening of Nuno Saraiva‘s exhibition and used the “braguibox”, a portable amp designed and built for me by Jamba, the mad Parisian scientist who moved to Porto. Nuno was my teacher of comics and illustration many years ago and it all comes together.

Photography by Rita Delille

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Was this my 12th concert in Bordeaux?

I first went to this city to meet my friend Chris Carlone (BORTS MINORTS) and joined him in Cafe Pompier, in the Summer of 2009. Since then the nice people of Let’s Panic Later invited me many times to return. This time I did a house show at Ruth’s, which turned out to be my fav house show so far. Stephane had a strange microphone from 1910 that looked and felt like a sea stone and I got to use it in some songs. He also has other peculiar instruments such as that toy V-guitar.

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extra: memories from the 1st time in Bordeaux! I can’t wait to play with Borts Minorts again one day.

Borts Minorts @ Café Pompier, Bordeaux 2009

Borts Minorts @ Café Pompier, Bordeaux 2009

Borts Minorts

Borts Minorts

Borts Minorts @ Café Pompier, Bordaeux 2009

Borts Minorts @ Café Pompier, Bordaeux 2009

Borts Minorts

Borts Minorts

Borts Minorts

Borts Minorts

1st time in Finland and Estonia!


Soon will post more about this trip which was quite amazing. Here is a newspaper cut from Karkkila, where I performed at the 1st edition of the Ukulele Festival KUKULELE. Aloha!

karkkila paper detail

Portugal tour


Doing a few shows in Portugal this month: Galeria LAR in Lagos, Festival Cidade PreOcupada in Montemor-o-Novo, and a show with special collaborations at CCOP in Porto in the line of the unpredictable cabarets I organized 2 years ago: with Jamba we did a bollywood inspired set colored with video projections by Martha Colburn, and with Filipe Silva I did slower ukulele songs with a lot of delay effects.


Next show will be in Lisbon at MAGA Sessions, 19th of July.

DIF magazine

I had a feature on this month’s issue of DIF magazine

Texto Andreia Arenga
Fotografia Rachel Marques Photography
Styling Twisted Soul Productions
Make Up Raquel Rivera


and now for something different

here is my portrait (with my Spanish braga) by the mighty, multi talented Olaf Ladousse

rita_con su braga


Thanks to Fernando Vacas (the man behind Eureka Records from Cordoba) and the multifaceted artist Victor Coyote, I played 4 concerts in the South of Spain: Sevilla – Jaén – Fuengirola – Cordoba. I did a small set with my songs and was a guest of Victor in a few songs, who was acomppanied by Ricardo Moreno (drummer of Los Ronaldos). Besides being great fun, these two guys make a wonderful set together and I’m hoping they will play in Portugal too.


the wonderful Casino de la Exposición de Sevilla (1929 expo)


patio of La Boca, the restaurant-venue where we played the last show in Cordoba


and a short stop in Granada (that night I played in Jaén)


at El Piso bar (Fuengirola)

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Swiss tour

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live at Café du Commerce in Biel, 14/05 © Mischa Dickerhof

went to Stadtfilter Radio in Winterthur:

sunset show at Portier, Winterthur:


my Brazilian nickname Rita Brega (Rita Trashy) became real on an online party guide from Winterthur:


Review from the 1st show at Am Quai in Solothurn:

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appeared in the local newspaper in Biel:


in Bern met a personal trainer who made me do a guerrilla show in a small cozy bar in her neighborhood called Zar (which payed for the last trains) – picture taken the morning after:


the night before I had an enthusiastic crowd of 3 people in Bärner Mitti (in the end there were 6). During a break a couple who was walking outside jumped on stage and made an expected duet:


my enthusiastic Bern crowd:


I’m still missing the chickens, the trains, the personal trainer, the mad dancers in Solothurn and the river Aare. I’m hoping to return in 2016!

Rita on TV

rita tv

Last night went to the TV news (RTP2 – Channel 2 in Portugal) for a short live interview about my new EP. Phew. Done (it was actually not so difficult to do)

Western Wild

New collaborations with US artist Martha Colburn! In between three shows I did in Algarve this past weekend (in Faro and Guia), we were doing some landscape research for her upcoming film Western Wild about the German author Karl May and did some video shooting in Praia da Falésia. Some of this footage might result in a new music video for one of the songs on my new EP Gringo in São Paulo. Check out her blog about new film project!



“Gringo in São Paulo” – record release in Lisbon and Porto


more soon about these shows in Galeria Zé dos Bois in Lisbon and Passos Manuel in Porto!

I had the very special live support of MårDiČu, dressed as two Carmencitas and Klaus Nomi, who flew all way from Sweden to Portugal for my record release parties!

for now: some pictures from ZDB by Sara Cunha (Offbeatz):

Rita Braga & Marc Behrens Smile You Against the Wall


Saturday 28th of February – I will play a concert with Marc Behrens featuring his compositions never presented live before, some almost 30 years old – directly from the space-time tube of West Germany 1986-1991 into Porto 2015!

concert parallel to the exhibition «A Magnet Between Proteins and Sugar» by Marc Behrens,

entrada/admission: €4

“Gringo in São Paulo”: new single and animation video


Here is my new single, with an animation video freshly done by the mighty Vuk Pabrik! Vuk is an artist from Pančevo, Serbia, and he’s doing animation, comics, illustration and also music.

from the new EP “Gringo In São Paulo” (5 new songs on a 7″ vinyl + download card, released in March 2015)

music and lyrics: Rita Braga
animation: Vuk Palibrk
recorded at the studios in Casa do Mancha in São Paulo City
mixing and mastering: Marc Behrens

Rita Braga – vocals and ukulele
Mancha Leonel – drums
Bernard Simon Barbosa – guitar and bass
Pedro Falcão – cuíca and pandeiro
Matheus Zingano – acoustic guitar

1st time in Vigo!

On the 30th of January I will play 2 sets at El Halcón Milenário in Vigo: first at 21h, and again at 23h.


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rita_bettyHappy to announce that my new EP is ready for the factory! In 2013 I wrote and recorded 5 songs in São Paulo and invited a few guest local musicians to play on it. “GRINGO IN SÃO PAULO” will be a 7 inch vinyl with two songs, including a download card with 3 bonus songs… The release will be in March and then I hope to tour around with this new work. Stay tuned!

“Ukulele i ja”

“Ukulele i ja” is the title given to my first article ever written and published, on Vreme magazine from Serbia, sharing some funny stories of my tours! It came out in late November and I’m posting here its original version in English for the readers who have no clue about Serbian language and where Banatsko Novo Selo is.


“Ukulele i ja”

“Ukulele i ja” is the title given to my first article ever written and published, on Vreme magazine from Serbia, sharing some funny stories of my tours! It came out in late November and I’m posting here its original version in English for the readers who have no clue about Serbian language and where Banatsko Novo Selo is.