About the group - RioLisboa

RioLisboa's sound is a place where music from Portugal and Brazil merge - both countries have strong and historical bonds; take the common (Portuguese) language, named the "language of Camões [16th century Portuguese poet]". Fado meets bossa nova - nostalgia and longing melted with joy and passion. This hybrid sound takes us to both old Alfama and Copacabana, leading to a joyful combination, materialized by the work of poets, musicians and composers that contribute to this collective.

Since its beginning, RioLisboa's songs literary subjects were based on love, and the basic feelings of a couple's day-to-day life. And by taking this subject - love - different times, people and realities, from so distant places, naturally meet. The language of the heart is universal.

About the new album – “MOÇA MORENA”

"Moça morena" represents the woman of the modern western world influenced by latin, African and hispanic cultures. "Moça morena" is a mixed race, or a no race woman, since it's the personification of many cultures, and tastes. Inviting guest singers from these different places helped us achieving that richness of that woman, that embodies many different women. The ocean is a poetic joint where its silence makes us think of what bonds us all, and also our own consciousness. Who am I? Who are we all?

The tracks on this album reflect, at the same time, an anticipation of those globalized adventures, as well the eternal nostalgia of being homesick - our roots and identity. Inevitably, love is always the background feeling that happens when one's life is filled with passion. The branches of this emotion end up in the form of poems, written by major figures of our literature, such as Fernando Pessoa, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, João Monge, Maria do Rosário Pedreira and Nuno Miguel Guedes, and also fellow musicians, also sensitive to writing - Márcio Faraco, José Sebastião, Ana Sofia Paiva, André Mota and Bruno Fonseca - pay their contribution to the album.

There is something new in this second album, which is the inclusion of two singers from Cabo Verde and Spain, amplifying the space of these stories, where new elements and new songs are found.

RioLisboa is an instrumental collective, and in this new album, they invite amazing and astonishing singers, that emphasize the cultural and emotional affinities from these different places. They are Rute Soares, Luanda Cozetti, Sandra Correia, Ana Margarida, Mili Vizcaíno and Tété Alhinho.

"Moça morena" personnel: 

Henrique Leitão - portuguese guitar
Bruno Fonseca – classical guitar and musical direction
André Mota - drums and percussion

Guest singers:

Sandra Correia
Luanda Cozetti
Rute Soares
Tété Alhinho
Ana Margarida
Mili Vizcaíno

Production: Bruno Fonseca

Recorded by Bruno Fonseca and Paulo Cavaco at Impasse Estúdio and Cloudnoise Studios, from May 2016 to September 2017

Pre-Production and Audio Editing: Paulo Cavaco
Mixing and Mastering: Eduardo Miranda

Photography: Carlos Almeida and Bruno Fonseca
Illustration Artwork: João Rodrigues
Graphic Design: Cristiane Veneza and Bruno Fonseca