Tuesday, March 31, 2015
“I heard the sound of the violin and I began searching who was playing it .
It was there in the font , a small man, almost hidden, but his music was fantastic”.
from João Freire's memories
Antoninho Travadinha was one of the greatest violinists that ever came out of Cabo Verde
and his name is still revered among the next generations of musicians at home and in diaspora.
Travadinha was born on the island of Santo Antão to a music family:
father violinist and seven brothers who played the violin.He was participating to the local balls with his rabeca since he was nine, despite the objections of his father.
Besides the violin he played wonderfully well the viola(12 string guitar) the cavaquinho and violão;
his interpretations and improvisations on the traditional mornas ,coladeiras and mazurkas had a unique style
Due to his humble social status the recognition of his talent was not easy:
Travadinha had to wait until he was 40 to start becoming little known as a musician,
particularly after 1981 and this thanks to a visit to Portugal
where he was "discovered" and promoted by João Freire .
With the help of Associação De Amizade Portugal - Cabo Verde
his only record whille living,Feiticeira De Cor Morena was released in Portugal in 1986 and was welcomed enthusiastically by the press and music lovers.of the time....
Travadinha died few months later, in 1987....
for the record:
Antonio Travadinha: violono,viola de dez cordas,cavaquinho
Armando Tito:violão solo,viola dez dez cordas,cavaquinho,baixo electrico,chocalho,reco-reco,voz
Ana Firmino :voz