Luso-Hellenic Wanderings

DISCOGRAPHY

2009 202

2007 Daqui

2006 Nada

2003 Monte

2002 Monte

1998 Taco

1994 20Dias2

1992 Mugica

Amélia Muge

Amélia Muge is born in Mozambique where she starts singing and composing while studying piano, guitar and music education. She graduates in History from the Eduardo Mondlane University of Maputo and pursues post-graduate studies in Education for Development, and also Communication and Teaching. She gives classes in the university and undertakes socio-cultural initiatives and training courses for development – activities she will resume later in Portugal. She writes children’s books preparing also the drawings, and collaborates on other books dealing with art or education.

 

Moving to Portugal, she studies music for animation films, design, drawing and audio-visual arts. She participates in projects where music is linked with visual arts, theatre, dance and multimedia, as a plastic artist, author, songwriter and interpreter. Her collaboration with Júlio Pereira (she appears in his 1983 album Braguesa) turns her attention to folk music and the viola (guitar) braguesa which she learns how to play.

 

In 1992 she releases her first solo album, Múgica, and expands her collaborations with other artists, such as José Mário Branco and Fausto (Portugal); Amancio Prada, Camerata Meiga and Ester Formosa (Spain); Elena Ledda, Lucilla Galeazzi and Ricardo Tesi (Italy); and Pirin Folk Ensemble (Bulgaria). She also writes songs for other interpreters (Mísia, Cristina Branco, Ana Moura, Camané, Mafalda Arnauth, Pedro Moutinho, Gaiteiros de Lisboa, Ana Laíns, etc.) and works in the production and artistic direction of other artists’ discs.

 

In 1994 she releases Todos os Dias, a disc that leads to her nomination for the Blitz Prizes as best female singer. Together with José Mário Branco and João Afonso in 1995, she presents Maio Maduro Maio, dedicated to José Afonso's work and honoured with the Zeca Afonso Prize. She also participates in festivals like: Tranches d’Europe Express, Les Tombées de la Nuit, 7 Nuits d’Encens, Les Temps Chauds, Sete Sóis Sete Luas and Itinerari Folk.

 

In 1998 she is awarded the Zeca Afonso Prize again for her new disc, Taco a Taco. She also collaborates in Novas vos Trago, where some old traditional romances are recreated. In 2002 she releases A Monte and gives concerts in Europe, as well as in Latin America (Argentina, Chile and Brazil). She also works as an art director and in the adaptation of foreign cartoon soundtracks into Portuguese. She becomes a playwright, as well; her children’s play Dono do Nada is staged in Sintra (2003) and in Lisbon (2006).

 

In 2007 she releases Não Sou Daqui. Most important concerts in this period are those at Culturgest in Lisbon and Cité de la Musique in Paris (2007), Fête de l'Europe in Amilly and Barnasants in Barcelona (2008), Rencontres de Musiques Classique et Contemporaine de Calenzana in Corsica and the Lusophony meetings in Prague (2009).

 

The year 2010 begins with the release of her book-disc Uma Autora, 202 Canções – as many as her songs registered then in the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (SPA) – and its presentation at the Centro Cultural de Belém. At the same time she is invited by Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012 to create and direct the vocal group Outra Voz that has already attracted more than 100 amateurs of all strata and ages in the area. In 2011 she is awarded the SPA Prize as best composer and lyricist in Fado.

 

Working together with the Greek composer Michales Loukovikas, she translates and adapts into Portuguese his book-disc, The Gold in the Sky (O Ouro do Céu), based on Ares Alexandrou’s poetry, published in Portugal in September 2011. This collaboration continues with the release of their disc-book Periplus / deambulações luso-gregas in February 2012, featuring music and musicians from Portugal and Greece, with writer Hélia Correia, singer Eleni Tsaligopoulou and Outra Voz as special guests. Periplus is performed at Culturgest (Lisbon), Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimarães), and Festival Músicas do Mundo (Sines).

 

In July Amélia participates in Les Temps Chauds again, collaborating in parallel in the production of the disc Routes, dedicated to Lusophony, as part of the project Le Fil de l'Air, where French children interact with guest artists singing songs from their countries. In September she takes part in the Encontros do DeVIR in Algarve, and the next month Periplus is released and presented in Greece. In November Amélia Muge and the pianist Filipe Raposo appear at the Centro Cultural de Belém, in the Sintra Misty Fest. In December, as a member of the artistic team, Amélia takes part in the final show, Comunidade, of the Capital of Culture of Guimarães, with the participation of some 500 citizens.