There’s an Arabic word that Paulo Coelho likes to use in his book ‘The Alchemist’: maktub. It means, ‘it was written.’ If you have watched the African Cup of Nations, and marveled at Egypt’s unbeaten run to the championship and their dominance over the competition, you realize that it can best be summed up by that word. Maktub. They were never going to lose, not with that football. In the spirit of fair play and in recognition of their exploits on the field, and also because bar Souad Massi’s beautiful song Bel El Mahdi, the Arabic language has never graced this website, I’ll share with you two songs from the Sahara; the first is a haunting Jasmon remix of the song Hanina, by one of Egypt’s finest singers, Mohamed Mounir, while the other is a rework of an iconic Dahmane El Harrachi groove from Algeria, Egypt’s favorite rivals. Both songs can be found on the Putumayo compilation Sahara Lounge.
As for Angola's performance in this competition, that's for another time, another post, and another set of songs...
“Without music, life would be an error.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Caipirinha Lounge is all about music in Portuguese or by Lusophone artists. It's born out of a sincere belief that Lusophone music should reach a much larger audience. The lounge features music from Brazil, Angola, Portugal, Guine-Bissau, Cabo Verde, São Tomé & Principe, Mozambique, Galicia, and even Timor-Leste. Occasionally, there will be posts about singers so good that the fact that they do not sing in Portuguese is momentarily overlooked.
The purpose of this bilingual blog is purely educational. Plug in your earphones and hear rhythms from places you have never heard of, from artists you have never heard about, sung in the world's most beautiful language. If you like a song, you can download it by right clicking on it and then clicking "save target as". If you like it a lot, buy the cd, support the artist, keep good music alive.
If you are a singer or a label and want a particular song taken down, please contact me. Or, if you have music you think I will enjoy, do send! claudio.silva(at)caipirinhalounge.com