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Balkan tour

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Like most people I met in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia I too long for that distant country Yugoslavia where being a poet used to be a very respected job. The picture above was taken at the gig at the abandoned sardine factory in Mali Losinj in Croatia, where Dunja lives (on the island, not at the factory). In the same site there was also a screenprint workshop led by Pakito Bolino of Le Dernier Cri and a big sardine barbecue, which felt just like Portugal. This was one of the 12 shows. And Skopje probably became my new favorite European capital: it’s like being inside a Monty Phython movie – mixed with ancient Rome.

Oh and there was an appearance on Rrokum stage TV from Kosovo, plus other updates on the press section after this tour. Yessir I love the Balkans.


Rita comics

Toma Pan had already designed that lovely poster for the Krakow concert, then he did the animated gif for this website… and now he turned me into a comic character !!! plus – now I have my first business card looking like a little elf who eats magic mushrooms.

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Getting ready for the Balkan tour!!!


ex-YU tour

Soon will be touring with 12 concerts/12 cities in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia!! It will be my first concerts in all these countries except for Serbia. Yes I used to live in a town called Pancevo in a past life from 2006 where I made many friends and keep good memories, and I can’t wait to be in the Balkans again!

tour dates:

28. march - Red Dawns Festival @ Menza Pri Koritu - Ljubljana, SL
29. march - Kantona Festival - Murska Sobota, SL
30. march - Klub Metulj - Bistrica Ob Sotli, SL
31. march - Salon Uporabnih Umetnosti - Maribor, SL
01. april - Medika - Zagreb, HR
02. april - KC Grad - Belgrade, SR
03. april - Club Casablanca - Cetinje, Montenegro
04. april - Dit' e Nat' - Pristina, Kosovo
06. april - MKC - Skopje, Macedonia
10. april - Grrr! Program @ Elektrika - Pancevo, SR
12. april - opening of screenprint workshop @ abandoned sardine factory - Mali Losinj, HR
14. april - Buffet Bunker - Pazin, HR

France + Belgium tour dates

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Starting a series of concerts tomorrow in France and Belgium:

15/11 – El Chicho – Bordeaux (+ Jaromil Sabor)

19/11 – Livresse – Nantes

20/11 – La Féline – Paris

23/11 – L’An Vert – Liège (+ Guillaume Maupin)

24/11 – Le Chaff – Brussels

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Lisbon – ZDB

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This is the first graphic work I’ve done in a long time – for my 1st Lisbon show also in a long time! On the 8/11 at Galeria ZDB, also playing Helena Espvall and Frankão “O Gringo Sou Eu”. 3 different sets but we’ll be collaborating in some of the songs.

More info about this event on zdb website.


Madrid

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Victor Coyote designed this very cool poster for the concert at Cafe Molar in Madrid. Cafe Molar is a comics/book shop, cafe and art gallery.

He also joined me on 2 songs, along with Pablo Novoa Cid. The picture below shows their whistling solo, for the song “Havemos de ir a Viana” that we recently recorded for his next album.

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Madrid

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Victor Coyote designed this very cool poster for the concert at Cafe Molar in Madrid. Cafe Molar is a comics/book shop, cafe and art gallery.

He also joined me on 2 songs, along with Pablo Novoa Cid. The picture below shows their whistling solo, for the song “Havemos de ir a Viana” that we recently recorded for his next album.

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Spanish Summer tour

Last concerts took place in 3 cities in Cataluña:

13/07 – A Casa Portuguesa – Barcelona (with Noz)
14/07 – Jardins de la Casa Rull – Reus
15/07 – Les granotes Terrassa, Parc de l’amfiteatre – Tarragona

at les Granotes in Tarragona

 

“Folk Serbi, Hawaiá”

the beautiful Casa Rull in Reus

 


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Pop Up! is a new lounge space located at Avenida da Liberdade 159 in Lisbon. During one month it will host a number of concerts, art shows and other live events. RB will perform on Feb 1. More info on http://www.popup.com.pt/

Some pictures of the show (taken by Aleksandar Mijailovic). Rita had a special guest from Brazil on 2 songs, Frankão, who rocked on the pandeiro!



“Cherries That Went To The Police” listed as a top album of 2011 in Brazil and around

That’s right! CHERRIES THAT WENT TO THE POLICE was listed as “one of the 20 best albums of 2011 that you didn’t hear” by Brazilian journalist Zeca Camargo (host of the popular Globo’s TV show “Fantástico”):

“Cherries that went to the police”, Rita Braga – uma cantora portuguesa… quase com certeza, uma vez que Rita Braga canta na sua (nossa) língua nativa, mas também em inglês, russo, grego… Topei com este álbum sem querer numa recente viagem a Portugal. Não conhecia Rita e achei curioso um disco de uma cantora de lá tão poliglota. “Cherries” é uma surpresa deliciosa a cada faixa: músicas com um “ar de antigamente”, mas com uma vitalidade que não poderia ser mais do “agora”. Sem medo de encarar um repertório nada convencional, Rita foi para mim uma das melhores revelações de 2011.”

In Portugal the album was highly acclaimed in a number of magazines and newspapers and it also made it to the top 20 of Portuguese music magazine Blitz:

http://blitz.aeiou.pt/blitz-melhores-albuns-nacionais-de-2011-20-ao-11-lugar-fotogaleria=f77855

Rita’s music also had a sweet mention from Amanda Jo Williams, L.A.’s singer and songwriter who Rita loves, on her top list of 2011:

5. Rita Braga- Any song. This portuguese folk singer, ukulele playing cutie, is great. She had a tour planned for the U.S. recently but unfortunately she was sent back. Boo. I’d love to see her do another bedroom show at Jef’s.

And apart from a “best of 2011”, Aleksandar Zograf, Serbian cartoonist and music journalist who designed the cover wrote a note about the album (see “September updates“):

“CD titled Cherries That Went to the Police, by Rita Braga, from Lisbon, has a cover design by Aleksandar Zograf. Rita Braga tours internationally, and is one of the most interesting independent music performers around. Find more info https://superbraguita.com/ , and there’s a press release in Portuguese :  http://santosdacasa.blogspot.com/2011/08/rita-braga-lanca-disco.html A story of Zograf/Braga collaboration was told in an interview for Portuguese Cotonete TV – http://musica.clix.pt/noticias/cotonete/rita-braga-na-cotonete-tv.html

Thank you Brazil, US, Portugal and Serbia!


my skype show, from lisbon to new york

Last Saturday, I had planned to play a house show at my friends Tristan and Lesley’s in NYC. Since I’ve been deported from the US, they turned it into a little Artist Immigration Awareness event, in which I took place via Skype to share my story and got to play a couple of tunes.

Here is an article about this story: http://www.feastofmusic.com/feast_of_music/2011/11/the-accidental-skype-show.html


my skype show, from lisbon to new york

Last Saturday, I had planned to play a house show at my friends Tristan and Lesley’s in NYC. Since I’ve been deported from the US, they turned it into a little Artist Immigration Awareness event, in which I took place via Skype to share my story and got to play a couple of tunes.

Here is an article about this story: http://www.feastofmusic.com/feast_of_music/2011/11/the-accidental-skype-show.html


flyer by Tiago Albuquerque

Tiago Albuquerque is a an illustrator, animator and musician from Lisbon, active in 7 different bands! We’ve played music and drew comics together and I invited him to design the flyer for the album release party on the 15th October at Teatro do Bairro in Lisbon.

You can check out more of Tiago’s illustration work here.


alguns links sobre o lançamento do disco “Cherries That Went To The Police”:

some links to articles about the release of “cherries that went to the police”

http://diariodigital.sapo.pt/disco_digital/news.asp?section_id=5&id_news=42826

http://santosdacasa.blogspot.com/2011/08/rita-braga-lanca-disco.html

http://avidaeumpalco.com/2011/08/17/rita-braga-lana-cherries-that-went-to-the-police-em-setembro/

http://www.netmadeira.com/noticias/cultura/2011/8/16/primeiro-album-de-rita-braga-chega-em-setembro



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