On May 6 2017 master accordionist Bitori received a Lifetime Achievement Award - "homenageado com Prémio Carreira" - from non other than the President of the Republic of Cabo Verde, during the CVMA Unitel+ ceremony.
It's been a long time coming, but finally the innovator on the gaita accordion, the kathelyst of a once forbidden music genre Funana: Bitori 'nha Bibinha' received the recognition he deserves.
Thank you team Cabo Verde Music Awards for offering this hommage and preparing a special tribute video, aired live while a completely unaware 79 year old man was simply waiting to play a song with his long time colleague, singer Chando Graciosa. Surprise!
Sept 2016 Analog Africa re-relased their 20 year old album, then recorded in Rotterdam, home to a large Cape Verdian community.
Since June 2016 Bitori and his all start band including Miroca Paris (12 yrs Cesaria Evora's percussionist) and Toy Paris (veteran drummer and brother of Tito Paris), have played in 10 countries, highlights incl WOMAD Fuertaventura, FMM Sines, Paradiso Amsterdam, Fusion DE, from Sweden to Lisbon and beyond.
Don't deprive your audience of their pure fire funana! get in touch for bookings:
Kokako Music: miriam @kokakomusic.com
article submitted by:Miriam Brenner, Kokako Music