On every corner, a friend
In every face, equality
Grândola, swarthy town
Land of brotherhood
Zeca Afonso: Grândola, Vila Morena
Today’s song is from History is Made at Night. Here’s a short extract from a great post.
n April 1974, left leaning military officers overthrew the Portuguese dictatorship and ended its colonial wars in Africa. For the next two years Portugal was in turmoil, with workers taking over workplaces and many hoping to push the revolution further. The radio stations were one of the key sites of struggle, in particular Rádio Renascença.
The Revolution Started with a Song by John Hoyland (Street Life, November 1 1975):
‘3 am, April 25 1974. By prior arrangement with the rebel Armed Forces Movement (AFM), a DJ on Lisbon’s Radio Renascenca plays ‘Grandola, Vila Morena’, a popular song of the day whose possible subversive meaning had escaped the censor’s ears. The song is a signal for a military uprising that, with scarcely any opposition, overthrows the Caetano Government, and brings to an end 50 years of fascism in Portugal. The next day, the people pour into the streets, and give the soldiers red carnations. The soldiers stick the flowers in their guns…’
- José Afonso’s “Grândola vila morena” (albokari2.wordpress.com)
- Music from Portugal – Deolinda (xworldmusic.wordpress.com)
- #Geração parva – How can the “Desperate #Generation” make it in Portugal? (nuzaddikt.wordpress.com)
- Fado, the music of Lisbon (miguelinbelgium.wordpress.com)
- Portugal hit by anti-austerity strike (theglobeandmail.com)