The inspiration came from a cross between Giacometti’s travels and collections and what Ry Cooder did in Cuba with the Buena Vista Social Club. And that’s how the musician Budda Guedes, from the Budda Power Blues, toured the country, recording with other musicians in various regions from north to south. The result is the album Portugal from the Root, which arrives in stores in physical format (CD) and digital platforms next Friday, December 3rd. With eight songs, made in several hands in the places he traveled, echoing various genres (Fado, Alentejo sing, polyphonic singing, desgarrada, percussion, Corridinho do Algarve, Mirandese music) and involving several musicians and groups: Augusto Canário (Viana do Castelo ) , Drums with Soul (Braga), Galandum Galundaina (Braga), Traditional Singing Group Mulheres do Minho (Braga), Daniel Pereira Cristo (Braga), Mia Moura (Porto quartet that plays fado from Lisbon), Pedro Mestre (Alentejo ) and Marenostrum (Algarve).
But, in anticipation of the release, the exclusive premiere of the video for the realization of, with a duration of 45 minutes, which Budda Guedes sums up to PÚBLICO in this way: “It’s a big documentary, where I explain the entire process and the entire conception of the disc, and where to appear as people in the places where we recorded. The joke of the record was precisely recording it outside the studio. With the Galandum Glaundaina we recorded in a wine cellar in Sendim. They had a 5,000 liter stainless steel vats that we used for reverb, putting a microphone in there and picking up the reverb. Everything that is space and experience, I tried to somehow translate that into music. There are noises, there are birds on the record, which are from where the theme was recorded, the Marenostrum theme has a rooster crowing in part of the song and I ended up using that rooster several times before the chorus. These are things that I tried to include, so that there was more than a musical connection to each place. ”
the documentary Portugal from the Root is performed by Nico Guedes, Budda’s brother and one of the three elements, with him, of the Budda Power Blues (the third is Carl Minnemann).