Vitorino

Portugal

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Over a 45 year career, Vitorino has become a symbol of the style of Portuguese popular music rooted in the Alentejo region. Born into a musical family, he began to write songs in the late 60s as an exiled Fine Arts student in Paris. There he met fellow exiles Sérgio Godinho and José Mário Branco and became involved with the political artistic resistance to the authoritarian regime at home. He returned to Lisbon to participate in the famed March 1974 concert, I Encontro da Canção Portuguesa, a rousing precursor of the Carnation Revolution one month later. His 1975 debut contained several songs that achieved anthemic status. Through an extensive discography of solo projects and major collaborations, Vitorino has kept the Alentejo flag flying, an iconic chronicler of the lives and loves of the region's people.