|Bitori ft. Chando Gracioso (source: culturebox)|
When iconic singer Chando Graciosa invited master accordionist Bitori and bass player Danilo Tavares to record a Funana album in Rotterdam in the early '90s, they couldn't have imagined the impact it would have still in the 21st century. 20 Years after the 1997 release of that innovating album 'Bitori nha Bibinha', they were reunited: Prompted by the re-release (2016.Sep) of that record on renowned label Analog Africa, founder Samy Ben Redjeb reached out to the old crew to create a live band, partenring with Kokako Music to take on management and bookings.
At age 79 Bitori is going stronger than ever! An inspiration to many generations, this gaita player continues to baffle both audiences and artists, with his unique technique, energy and style.
Now, with an all star line-up, they are touring the globe, sharing their exhilarating, refined yet raw, infectious dance music of 'Funana':
Complimented by the veteran Toy Paris on drums and multi instrumentalist Miroca Paris on percussion (12 years with Cesaria Evora), the band has already wowed crowds, made them dance and celebrate life.
-- from womex promo: https://www.womex.com/virtual/kokako_music/bitori_ft_chando
Listen to Bitori Nha Bibinha live at Womex 2017
BITORI 2017.Oct.27 at WOMEX in Katowice [rec.RTP-VPRO]
setlist: 1.Bitori Nha Bibinha / 2.Cabelo / 3.Futi Futi / 4.Didi di Rez
1-2: bc.2018.Mar.16, RTP - Raízes *
3-4: bc.2018.Aug.11, NPO Radio S&J - VPRO Vrije Geluiden
line up: Bitori (Victor Tavares) - accordion / Chando Graciosa - lead vocals, ferro / Danilo Tavares - bass, vocals / Miroca Paris - percussion, vocals / Toy Paris - drums, vocals
bonus: Bitori - Funnana (2015.Apr.18 live from Atlantic Music Expo - AME)
bc.Radio 3 from Spain - 2015.Apr.18 - Taratana - Cabo Verde
*RTP - Raizes [=roots] highly recommended radio show, regularly playing live shows recorded all over Europe, and with an extensive archive, CHECK IT OUT!! (unfortunately coudn't find playlists)
More Bitori to listen, watch and read about:
- News from 2016.May.28 about release - mixedworldmusic [incl.2 old 2008/2010 videos]
- Very good 2017 interview with Bitori - pan-african-music [incl.nice pics and short live videos]Womex 2017 - Field Report by Tom Pryor - afropop
- Bitori in concert at Festival Banlieues Bleues 2017 - video (available till 2019.Apr.23)
- Bitori at VPRO Vrije Geluiden - TV show of above VPRO radio show [incl.3 videos]