foto de vilão com braguiknha sec. XIX

Braguinha de Madeira

Machete (Braguinha) is characteristic instrument of Madeira Island. It is a small guitar with four gut strings that are tuned in thirds, with the exception of the two main strings, which have an interval of a fourth. This instrument is used by farmers at feasts and dance. The music is vulgar in a succession of simple chords, but in the hands of a gifted player, the machete is capable of much more pleasant harmonies, and strangers are sometimes pleasantly surprised to hear the music … in vogue played with considerable effect of an instrument that seems so insignificant. One or two farmers can often be seen on the field after a hard day of work … playing in their favorite instruments. (more…)

Events for this month

14th and 15th – Feast of Our Lady of Monte – Funchal This is considered to be the Region’s main feast concerning the people’s devotion, famous all over the world where emigrants from Madeira have settled. Great popular entertainment during the two festival days, transforms the picturesque and romantic parish Read more…

Stand By Me

Living on Madeira …. I contemplate to the world (thanks to the Web) in a different (and relaxing) way … Just wanted to share this video with you all … Stand By Me (enjoy) Merci Maja for sharing it with me

Monte Festival

One of the most popular religious (folk) festivals of Madeira will take place … the Monte Festival –A Nossa Senhora do Monte (Our Lady of the Mount). With this festival Funchal commemorates the deliverance of the people from hunger and plague. Celebrations consists of a city fair which lasts through Read more…

Funchal Jazz Festival

For those of you who searches for “Jazz” on the web will notice that the last few years a new location has appeared on the top result pages, namely “Funchal Jazz Festival“. The 9th edition of authentic Jazz by famous artists, organized by Funchal Municipal Council, that will be held Read more…

Fado

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. (more…)

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

Cultural Agenda March 2007

From the website of the Madeira Regional Tourism Department you can download the Cultural Agenda for the month March 2007. The Cultural Agenda is published every month by the Madeira Cultural Affairs Department (DRAC). Cultural Agenda, March 2007 – english (516 Kb)

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. Feel free to put this video on your own website. To add the video to your pages simply copy and paste all the code Read more…

Madeira Regional Festivities

Almost all year around you can find regional festivities somewhere on the island. For those that want to experience one of these typical Madeira feasts … we have gathered the dates of the festivities per parish. Madeira Regional Festivities – Upload a Document to Scribd