International Fireworks Competition

Madeira was referred in the Guinness World Records to have the biggest fireworks event in the world. Maybe you will say to your partner Honey, lets watch the fireworks on Madeira!. We will need to wait till the end of the year? …. Actually, that is not true!

This month the Regional Secretariat of Tourism and Culture organizes the Festival of Atlantic … an important event that combines culture and entertainment. The event will be divided in two main parts namely Madeira Music Festival and the International Fireworks Competition.

In the Fireworks Competition teams from four different countries will compete for putting on the most impressive pyro-musical display ever. This popular event takes place on each Saturday of June and is allegedly watched by thousand and thousand people who have a good view from various spots in the city limits of Funchal.

In the past fireworks in countries like China were used to scare away evil spirits. That was then. Nowadays city like Funchal (Madeira) such displays is intended to pray for happiness and prosperity.

For a detail programme of the Atlantic Festival can be checked out on the Internet at:

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Boas Saidas … Boas Entradas

The entrance of the New Year (2008) will be welcomed with a spectacular 8km extension of the revellion (fireworks) in Funchal, city of Madeira Islands.

The lady-capital will fire up the sky with all its colors and lights that are now weaved in her evening gala-dress. Each year we have contemplated this event and each time we register new images in our retina and, if possible. on video.

We, from the Blog Thoughts Madeira ( wish everyone a magnificent and safe start of the new year …. that 2008 will be a year full of new challenges and new choices for you.

Mariza gives a concert at Tecnopolo

On the 23rd of November the charismatic Portuguese fado singer Mariza will perform at the Madeira Technopolo in a joint concert with the Classical Orchestra of Madeira.

MarizaMariza Reus Nunes, born in Mozambique but with the soul moulded in Mouraria, has achieved successes with performances in Central Park in New York, in the Centro Cultural de Belém, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, in the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in House of Music in Moscow, in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, among other stages in successive tours in Europe and North America.

The fado thrives on sorrow, and anybody brave enough to sing it must possess saudade, a Portuguese term meaning “longing.” But more importantly, the singer must genuinely expose his/her soul … and Mariza has proven that she has a plentiful supply of saudade, never failing to captivate audiences on her worldwide tours.


Fado …. the unique music from Portuguese soil that describes sentiments, longing, but also sadness, pain, happiness and love. Fado can be translated as destiny or fate (latin ‘Fatum’) … and it has its origin on the Portuguese mainland. The Fado music is linked to the Portuguese word ‘saudade’, a word describing a sentiment that is commonly considered to have no accurate translation in any other language. On Madeira you find a few small Fado-bars and Fado-restaurants … where singers tell “their” stories … most of the time in a trance-like condition, in which the protagonist is experiencing the ailment and the longing, which he or she describes.

With Fado you will find some renowned names such as Amália Rodrigues, Dulce Pontes, Madredeus, Cristina Branco and Mariza. Mariza is the new generation Fado singers … giving a new look to the traditional song but keeping the concept of saudade. Continue reading “Fado”

Christopher Columbus Festival

On 13th to 15th of September Porto Santo will devote these days to one of its most important habitant who lived several years on this island ……. Christopher Columbus!

1478 was the year that Columbus traveled to Madeira for the first time. In those years Funchal ’s was one of the largest sugar trade centres of the world. But for Chris there was another reason for him visiting the island … namely Donna Filipa Moniz, daughter of the first donee of Porto Santo …. Bartolomeu Perestrelo. The discoverer of the new world his first conquest would be marrying Filipa … which was gifted with the birth of their first child, Diogo, who was born in Porto Santo.

The festival on Porto Santo is therefore dedicated to Columbus his life on the islands. It is held in Vila Baleira and involves music, exhibitions and parades recalling the age of the Portuguese discoveries and the voyages to the new world.

Cloud Chase

Last Sunday while Alberto Joao Jardim was resetting his government.dll, my wife and I went together with friends for a drive up to the high planes of Paúl da Serra. Enjoying the magnificent mountain views and clear blue skies above the clouds. It is something that you can not capture on a picture. Even on video you can not see and feel the surroundings of such places.

But anyway I have filmed on various locations and created a small movie impression called ‘Cloud Chase’. Using music ‘Calavagada’ performed by Fernando Deghi … which is from his album ‘Viola Brasileira E Suas Possibilidades’.

Beautiful vista of mountains soaring up to the blue sky … screened by Mother Nature with a roof of clouds. Reminding you that there is so much resplendence around you … that you will notice if you just take the time to stop and look around. Sorry … I am getting a little bit poetical when I playback in my mind last Sunday.

    Click twice on the arrow in the image to start the video. If this does not work, then go here to visit the corresponding YouTube page.

Levadas Me Levem

Fernando Deghi, musician, researcher, composer, arranger and maestro of the Guitarra do Sertão, the Guitar from Sertão, origin inlands northeast of Brazil. Fernando has dedicated himself to pull this guitar from the shadows of forgotten and to put it back in to the spotlights. With his compositions he explorers the melody borders that the guitarra can reach using the most divergent styles and arrangements, where he uses of a methodology developing the technique in playing and extending the repertoire.

Since 1989 Fernando has intensified its study of the Guitarra do Sertão and has proven the possibilities of it as solo-instrument within several music styles. Degli has succeeded in obtaining more from the Guitarra, becoming an instrument that describes feelings, stories and even landscapes.

In YouTube I found a 2 minute composition of Fernando called Caminho da Ribeira do Inferno – Levadas Me Levem (Road of the River to Hell – Levadas That Takes Me). A composition dedicated and named to one of the levadas here on Madeira.

Click (twice) on the arrow and enjoy the sound of the Guitarra do Sertão (the levada images you will see are those of the Levada do Caldeirão Verde / Santana and not that of the Ribeira do Inferno itself).

    Click twice on the arrow in the image to start the video. If this does not work, then go here to visit the corresponding YouTube page.

Christmas Images and Videos 2

For those who can not see the Christmas lights this year on the island of Madeira … we offer you as a small consolation the next days some images (photos and films) of last plus this year illuminations.

The following video was taken last year. A terrific view of the gala-dress that the city of Funchal is wearing during the New Year’s Eve.

The lady capital of the island Madeira (Portugal) displays her with lights embroider dress, awaiting the countdown for the fireworks.

This was filmed aboard the catamaran and the music is performed by the band … The Madeira.
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Madeira Promo Video

View the unofficial promotional video of Madeira Islands ….

I was just playing with music and some pictures of Madeira …. and this is the result.

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