23 Apr Celeste Mariposa
Afro-Baile is the cultural celebration of the PALOPs (the most visible side of the CelesteMariposa project) whose aim is to bring together all its musical heritage and give it the pride of place it deserves.
It’s the result of exhaustive research, which started in 2009 and not only allowed study material to be compiled (albums, cassettes, CDs, books and friends) but also provided deeper knowledge of the history and structure of hundreds of musical PALOP styles, their dances, ginga, customs, dialects and concerns to be acquired!
The CelesteMariposa project came about to extol a hidden wealth, too often ignored by most, that of African Portuguese-speaking countries, to preserve its past and find it a place in the present, while at the same time with the future in mind. It’s a record label (Chalo Correia-Angola and the album Kudihohola 2015, Julinho da Concertina-Cape Verde and the album Diabo Tocador 2018, with the new album by Katuta Branca-Cape Verde being recorded for the Belgian label Rebel Up!) and a promoter (Lux-Frágil, Boom Festival 2014, MusicBox, B.Leza, Galeria Zé Dos Bois, Damas, Bacalhoeiro, Lounge) which seeks to give visibility to the music and art which, in my view, has been kept “completely buried”. A clear shaker and mover of a project!
CelesteMariposa was born to bring together and promote the music it stands for, to give it recognition and make it appreciated as part of Portugal’s cultural wealth.
Once its assets are brought together, CelesteMariposa plans to issue collections that preserve a past to be (re)discovered for posterity. It became a record label because it had no alternative. As it discovered the vast unrecorded musical wealth, it set off, against all odds and mountains of red tape, to record it at all costs.
Uncovering past history and recording the present are the result of both a love for music and activism. It’s a struggle against Anglo-Saxon and Central European dominance in favour of a true, democratic musical diversity, as well as the assertion of African music and culture expressed in Portuguese as a fundamental treasure, recognised and cherished not only by African communities in our own country, their Portuguese descendants and the Diaspora, but by everyone.
In this context, Portugal stands for the first time at the centre of the world!