Oquestrada

Oquestrada

 Almada, Setúbal, PRT
BandWorldFolk

Tasca Beat O Sonho Português music from the suburbs with influences of popular and danceable music.

Biography

OqueStrada is born from the desire of Miranda and Pablo – both coming from the world of entertainment, she as a theatre actress with experience on the hidden fado houses and Cape Verdean taverns, where she began to sing, he coming from France with a suitcase full of experience in urban intervention and show design – to create a portable musical project with the shape of a small neighbourhood orchestra ready to travel, where the personality and uniqueness of each one is the key point.

They invited João Lima along with his Portuguese guitar, Gerson along with his classical guitar to join the voice and the “contrabacia”. As the orchestra always kept the door open to other road lovers, Marina Henriques, accordionista and Sandro Manuel, trumpetist, would join in later.

OqueStrada set its base at an old cinema in the city of Almada, a lookout for Lisbon on the other side of river Tagus. In this suburban reality, they tackled the destiny and hit the road, building, year after year, their own circuit. They left in search of a country and went on building a cult. From village to village, from town to town, they took by storm the capital city where they sold out venues while singing about a hidden and migrant Lisbon, about the suburbs as charmed places. Copies of home demos were circulating the country, making them a well-kept secret for many. Their simple music grew on this adventure between small village fairs, “tascas”, festivals and city venues.

In OqueStrada an adventurous and independent song was created out of few resources, assuming the acoustic sampling, the DIY and a well orchestrated musical vagrancy. Some of the instruments, like the contrabacia, the percussion chair and the tiny Yamaha keyboards came in and were saved from a sad end in the junkyard. They are now key parts to the compositions. To do the world with what one finds in the way is something the OqueStrada appreciates.

Between the countryside and the city, between two centuries, the result was a Portuguese sound that tells a country in transition. They called it TascaBeat. TascaBeat is a sound that celebrates a vibrating Portugal in an intimate place where party and melancholy meet each other. A sound that winks to the fado and listens to a forgotten country, that sings with proletarian glamour the streets of Lisbon and the suburban neighborhoods. The music of a harbor where several languages fulfilled with the dream of departing to later return are heard, where we toast to a reinvented Portuguese heart. OqueStrada play the sound of the suburbs singing the old and new city. It is the old postcard worn and rebuilt by the times, it is the raw, popular and even danceable celebration of fado, as it is also Africa’s kuduro or funaná, or Brazil, or hip hop, or every other culture that landed swiftly in this welcoming country.

In 2009, seven years after the first concert, “TascaBeat – O Sonho Português” (“TascaBeat – The Portuguese Dream”) was released in Portugal, to wide acclaim, both from critics and public. It stayed in the Portuguese charts (Top 30) for four months and in 2010 it was given the international release in Europe. The band appeared on 22 different festivals throughout Europe summer 2010, had TV features on ARTE France/Germany, Deutsche Welle TV ( Germany ) and the very popular German late night show "Ina´s Nacht". The upcoming year 2011 has already around 40 reservations in 9 different countries for club shows and festivals.
http://www.myspace.com/oquestrada
You Tube links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-BkBFbwNmQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGDYa0abSXk

Lyrics

Oxalá

Written By: Miranda

A song where we celebrate a bold and vigorous generation who couldn’t speak freely in the past.

Tenho dores fechadas
Em caixinhas
Contra mim
Contra ti
Contra lá
Contra os dias que
passam a meu lado

Tenho dores fechadas
Em caixinhas
Contra aqui
Contra ali
Contra cá
Que me dizem estou
aqui estamos lá

Diz-me lá
Diz-me aqui
Oxalá, oxalá
Te veja a meu lado
Ao pé de mim
Oxalá
Te veja vem aqui
Ao pé de mim

Glória à Hermínia
ao Marceneiro e tais
fadistas
Glória à Ginginha, ao
Medronho e à Revista

Contra mim contra ti
Contra lá
Contra aqui, contra ali,
Contra cá

Discography

Tasca Beat JARO 4295-2

Set List

2 Sets, each 40 minutes,
Songs: basic materials are traditional melodies and own compostions from all over the world.