The Marenostrum’s second CD is a music-filled surprise called “Almadrava”. This album was included on Folk Roots Magazine Play List Chart of March issue. “Almadrava” had reviews on UK Magazine Folk Roots and on Sweden Magazine “Lira”.
The lyrics of some songs are about the working lives of the musicians and their forefathers who once went fishing on the high seas. They recall the ancient tradition of tuna fishing in the Algarve, a tradition that lasted from the time of the Phoenicians until the 1960s.
In the album’s eleven tracks, the Marenostrum continue to demonstrate their gift for bringing together different musical influences. This time they accentuate the Algarvian Corridinho and Baile Mandado rhythms and blend them with North African and Cape Verdean music as well as the frenzied Klezmer music of Central European Jews.
They invited the Cape Verdean singer Maria Alice for “Nha Rosa” and the Guinea Conakri guitarist Mamadi plays with them in “Baile Mandado” and “Fado da Ilha”.
“Blimunde” is very special for the Tavira group as it was recorded during a rehearsal with Sérgio Mestre playing the flutes. Sadly he passed away in the summer of 2003 and in this number the Marenostrum pay tribute to a generous friend and brilliant musician who always encouraged and helped them with his musical ideas and loan of rehearsal space as well as often appearing with them on stage.
The CD was produced by Nuno Faria, Fernando Abrantes and the Marenostrum, and was recorded at the MDL studios in Paço de Arcos and the Marenostrum’s studio in Estoi.
“Almadrava” is a production of Condando Azul, licensed to Som Livre. Som Livre record company have chosen the track “Nha Rosa” as the first promo single.
After these last ten years of musical activity, we can only wonder, “What energy drives this group from the Algarve’s leeward region and gets audiences going in Portugal, India, Sweden and Spain with their playful invitation to dance and their typical Portuguese delight in “partying until all hours”?
Find out for yourselves with the Marenostrum’s “Almadrava”, truly a musical high tide with fair winds from the Algarve.