The new album of Moçoilas: Atão Porque Não?

Inês Rosa, Margarida Guerreiro and Teresa Silva (the third line-up in a generation of women / moçoilas), the Moçoilas group was born out of a desire to revive and reclaim the songs of southern Portugal - more precisely the region of the Algarve. Forgotten or hidden in time, in the depths of a mountain range full of sounds, smells, colours and unique knowledge, these songs are part of and represent a large part of our cultural heritage. They reflect the soul and traditions of the Serra do Caldeirão, where singing has always been a representation of national identity.

Reinterpreting many of the old themes and enriching them with their own energy, the Moçoilas group have reached their 25th anniversary. Modifying some songs, appropriating others and paving the way for new melodies and new songs, they have had a prestigious career full of adventures, successes, experiences and a sharing of memories. And there’s no better way to celebrate this huge achievement than by releasing a new album named “Atão, Porque Não?” (So, why not?).

Going back to the Caldeirão mountain range, the birthplace of this project, this album reactivates experiences. It sheds light on the voices of the women of the region, and rekindles memories of other times. Times when living was tough, but the memory of which has been revived in the form of new, happy sounds. The disheartening nature of life has not been forgotten; instead it’s used as a reflection of the strength and tenacity of a true Southern woman.

The prominent sound of this group has been reborn from a need to continue to hear and profess the basic sounds; roots and the earth. However, the sounds of a disillusioned cassette tape found at the bottom of an old chest, filled with sounds and songs collected in the 90s in Currais and Cachopo (Tavira, Algarve) has also been added. The result is a creative mix, where the traditional and the modern come together through the voice of the Moçoilas. This album also includes other songs that have followed the group in their career, but which have not yet been edited, as well as new ones, eternalising the soul of the songs of the mountains. 

Track listing of “Atão Porque Não?”

 1. Atrás D’Um Dia Vem Outro (After One Day Comes Another) – A song that had been recorded on a cassette tape and was found in Currais. The last 4 blocks have been added by Moçoilas to give the song context.

2. Camponesa (Peasant / Country Woman) - The melody and opening verse of this tune is often sung in the Alentejo. This version of the song has been adapted to the Algarve region, therefore touching on themes such as the countryside, clay, the barrocal region and mountains. Taken from Ti Graciana from Sítio da Gracía.

3. Altinho (High up) – A tune often sung in Alentejo was mixed with the song “Altinho”, sung by D. Dilar. This version, which comes from Cachopo, is looser and livelier than the original.

4. Arrimadinha - Song created by the Moçoilas in 2010.

5. Atão, Porquê Não? (So, Why Not?) - Song sung (and cried) by Aunt Maria José Rita dos Currais, linking the mountains and the sea.

6. Hã?! (Huh!?) - Song found in Cachopo, sung by Dona Etelvina.

7. Grito (Scream) - Lyrics by Jacinto Lucas Pires; Music by Margarida Guerreiro, Teresa da Silva and Inês Rosa.

8. Luisinha (Little Luisa) - Song taught by Mr Florival Baptista Prazeres de Casével, in Castro Verde, in the year 2000.

9. Pera Madura (Ripe Pear) – Song from the Alentejo that has been maturing over the years.

10. Primavera à Flor de Um Ano (Spring Blooms through the flower of one Year) - Song collected in Currais, Cachopo.

11. Bate Certo (Lines Up) - Song learned from the Mondadeiras das Barrosas (Rice-pickers of Barrosas), who used to dance to it. A few quick verses were added.

12. O País (The Country) - Lyrics by Jacinto Lucas Pires; Music by Margarida Guerreiro, Teresa da Silva and Inês Rosa.

13. Dá-me um Beijo Rosa (Give me a Pink Kiss) - Song collected in Currais, Cachopo.

14. Mulher Tecedeira (Weaver Woman) – A well-known verse in the Serra do Caldeirão and Alentejo.

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