By José Oliveira, Colmar-France Correspondent
Venue: Cinetheatre Louletano, Loule, Portugal—September 19, 2015–SERGIO GODINHO and JORGE PALMA
The Algarve, in the south of Portugal, is a wonderful place for holidays. Its sandy beaches are nested between the cliffs, bathed by sea of turquoise waters, where mother nature has surpassed herself. It is, indeed, the beaches that give Algarve its well-deserved international name and recognition.
But summertime is also the time for big musical events. Portugal is a very popular destination for European rock festivals. Just this year alone, the following have performed here: Sting, Lionel Richie, Mark Knopfler, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Meolody Gardot, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, The Prodigy, Mumford & Sons, Jesus and Mary Chain, Patti Smith, Muse, Jamie Cullum, Blur, and the Legendary Tiger Man. Portugal has really been rocking this summer!
Sérgio Godinho and Jorge Palma are two big Portuguese composers and musicians. Both, in their sixties, they left the area of Salazar, thus avoiding the area’s rich diet regime. After the “Revoluçao dos Cravos” in April 1974, they returned to Portugal and made many records. They are very popular in the country and the sarcastic side of their poetry, pleases so much. They have sold thousands of records in their long career.
On 19th and 20th September, The Louletano Cinetheatre, hosted a sold-out performance of the “Junto Tour” (Together) featuring these two greatest Portuguese musicians. This special performance was conceived by both and was designed to bring out the best in each in one concert. Thus, the result was sharing with the audience, forty years worth of the music, which for many has been the soundtrack of their lives.
ROCKAT NIGHT was there!
Sergio Godinho and Jorge Palma
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I was born in Portugal and lived the Sixties exploring the great UK Rock magazines: "The New Musical Express" and "Melody Maker". Ray Charles and Pat Boone were my father’s fav. I became “The Great Pretender”. Cliff Richard was our Elvis Presley. As a beach boy, with my first guitar, I met a beautiful French girl on the beach! It was the Summer of 69!! We got married and rock music was our dowry. In France, I became a Wine Genetic Research Scientist. One of my works contributed to the decoding of the genome of the vine! As a rock journalist, I’ve worked twenty years for the Portuguese and Brazilian Rock Press. I ‘ve interviewed so many great artists. Then, one day I met FRANK ZAPPA! I got into trouble for introducing my wife to "Uncle Meat"!