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Ana Moura charts new ground on “Andorinhas”

The famous Portuguese fado singer has released a genre bending new single “Andorinhas”: “a hymn to freedom with a Creole balance turned towards the future,” produced by Pedro Da Linha and Pedro Mafama.

A few weeks after the release of the “Vinte Vinte (Pranto)” music video, in collaboration with Branko and Conan Osíris, Ana Moura expresses a desire to break away from the traditional standards on which she gained international fame. With “Andorinhas,” the first single from her upcoming album (to be released this year), the singer employs an image of swallows as a symbol of artistic renewal, “of freedom and emancipation, of pure creativity, of refusing the chains of success, a declaration of a will for the future.

Accompanied by a graceful video shot on the roofs of a popular Olhão neighborhood in the Algarve, the song combines Portuguese guitar, an instrument emblematic of fado, with African percussion and electronic layering. Dressed in a traditional Algarvian outfit, called “bioco,” which is reminiscent of the burqa, Ana Moura combines ancestral imagery with a remarkable burst of modernity. Of Angolan origin on her mother’s side, the singer nods to her heritage by uniting with the popular Angolan singer Paulo Flores who features in a cameo at the dinner table, where conviviality and diversity reign between generations.

Ana Moura