Melech Mechaya

Melech Mechaya

 Lisbon, Lisbon, PRT

Melech Mechaya is a festive journey through Klezmer music, with a contagious sound of arabian flavours, gypsy rythms and the yiddish tradition. From Hungary to Israel, from the Balcans to New York, those are parties and celebrations filled with laughter and dancing.


Melech Mechaya are a portuguese Klezmer band based in Lisbon and Almada, and are generally considered the first and more prominent musical group of the genre in Portugal. They achieved some success due to their festive and cheerful concerts and their contagious Klezmer sound, inspired also by gypsy, arabian and balkan music, along with Fado and Tango. Their live performances are most celebrated, and Rodrigo Nogueira from Time Out Magazine referred to them as "an amazing live band".

The group formed in late 2006 with João Graça on the violin, Miguel Veríssimo on the clarinet, André Santos on the guitar, João Sovina on the double-bass and Francisco Caiado playing percussion. In 2008 they released the EP "Melech Mechaya", and in 2009 was released their debut album "Budja Ba". Eelco Schilder, from FolkWorld Magazine, considered them "five outstanding musicians" and their approach to klezmer to be "very different". They are currently working on the next album, which will be released in September 2011.

Melech Mechaya toured almost non-stop since 2007 and played in over 120 different venues in Portugal, Spain and Croatia. Their shows, which João Bonifácio from Público classified as "simply electrifying", were part of important World Music Festivals such as 'Sines World Music Festival' in Portugal, 'Spancirfest' in Croatia and 'Evoluciona Musica' in Spain. They also participated and made the musical direction of Anton Tchekhov's play "Ivanov", and in June 2010 they were the supporting band for Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra's concert in Lisbon.


2008 - Melech Mechaya EP
2009 - Budja Ba
2011 - Aqui Em Baixo Tudo É Simples (post-production)