They bring the soul of the corners of the Serra do Caldeirão (Southern Portugal) and many other themes inspired there, in their tones, in their sounds and smells, in their outward voice that echoes and transports itself. Moçoilas is an attitude, it is a soul, felt from within, manifestly affirmative, joyful and feminine. It’s a loose song with sweet, hard and simple harmonies.
The responsibility for ensuring this musical and cultural space/time – which has been handled and cared for over time by Women who assumed themselves as Moçoilas and left a little bit of themselves in it for the continuity of this project – is now with Inês Rosa, Margarida Guerreiro and Teresa Silva.
This trio of women who sing mostly a cappella, reinterprets many of the old songs and enriches them with their own energy, modifying some, revisiting others and paving the way for new melodies and new songs. The Moçoilas have more than 28 years of prestigious existence, full of adventures, successes, experiences and sharing of memories.
“Atão, porque não?” (2019), is the third album by this women’s collective. This one, reattaches experiences, brings to light the voices of women from the mountains and rekindles memories of other times. Times of heavy experiences, but now revived in the form of new and joyful sounds, which do not forget the discouragements of life, but which transform them into a reflection of a strength and tenacity, typical of women in the South.
The result is a creative mix, where the traditional and the modern come together through the voice of the Moçoilas.
ATÃO PORQUE NÃO?
QU’É QUE TENS A VER COM ISSO
JÁ CÁ VAI ROUBADO
OTHER PROJECTS BY MOÇOILAS
Moçoilas & Maria João
An improbable, surprising and daring concert, bringing together the diva of jazz and improvised music, Maria João, with the singular and irreverent Moçoilas, who interpret, a capella, traditional songs from the South, of Mediterranean matrix. The motto for the show is the crossing of different musical latitudes (Portugal, Brazil, Africa and others) where tradition and contemporaneity interpenetrate to originate new and creative approaches, in a format of great artistic complicity and proximity with the audience.
Moçoilas & Galandum Galundaina
On one hand southern women, on the other northern men. Moçoilas bring the singing of the mountains in their voices, the rhythm in the cadence and the lullaby. Galandum Galundaina bring Mirandese bagpipes, accordions and tambourines. The battle, the dance and this unlikely encounter will bend the map of this small but huge country. They collect, investigate and share the musical heritage and language of the mountain range below the Vascão river and the lands of Miranda do Douro. Both defend specific regions that, being so distant, have many similarities.