António Zambujo is still one of the biggest names in Portuguese music, culture and language and, for a number of years now, he has been on a near non-stop world tour.
He has carved out a musical career by forging a unique path that lies somewhere between Fado and Cante Alentejano and has consistently refused to be held hostage to any particular musical genre or school. Thus, it is no real surprise that he has wholeheartedly embraced the influence of Brazilian music, by bringing out a Chico Barque tribute album. In 2017, ‘Até Pensei Que Fosse Minha’ (I Even Thought It Was Mine) earned him a Latin Grammies nomination, in the Brazilian Popular Music category. It is also no surprise that, in late 2018, he named his latest album of original recordings ‘Do Avesso’ (Of the Flip Side). Here, he once again reinvents himself and broadens the range of his musical language, by bringing in the Lisbon Sinfonietta Orchestra and three of Portugal’s most talented musicians and producers: Nuno Rafael, Filipe Melo and João Moreira.
There are many worlds in António Zambujo’s universe. And when he plays live, whether alone with his guitar or surrounded by his musicians, it is quite clear that we are in the presence of not just a first-rate vocalist and musician but one that also has a unique ability to engage his audience.