Born in Beja in the Alentejo region, which was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 2014, António Zambujo is nourished by differences such as Brazilian rhythms and Bulgarian melodies but does not go far from the roots and Portuguese melodies.
His album “Até Pensei Que Fosse Minha” was nominated for “The Best Album” award in 2017 Latin Grammy Awards. The successful name now meets his Turkish fans. The artist will perform songs mainly from his latest album “Do Avesso” (Of the Flip Side), which he released in 2018, during his concert in İstanbul. We had a pleasant conversation with the Portuguese artist, who will be on the stage for the first time in our country, for our magazine.
You were born in Beja in the Alentejo region, whose music tradition made it to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 2014. What kind of childhood did you experience?
I had a regular childhood. I used to play football, ride bicycles, play with my friends, but at the same time, I was very interested in the traditional music of the region where I lived.
What were your first memories of music? What type of process did your music life go through?
At a very young age, I started to learn and perform this music. Those were interesting and important days for me. When I was young, we had almost every instrument in our house. Harmonica, flute, piano… Then I started to learn how to play the clarinet in the conservatory and I still play it. At home, I have my clarinet, piano, harmonica, guitars and a bass. I enjoy playing them all.
How did your love of Fado begin? How was that first encounter?
I fell in love with Fado thanks to my family’s records. Generally, they were classics… Amália, Marceneiro, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Max, and Tony de Matos… I started to explore different directions and listen to instruments like Portuguese guitar while I was listening to them.
Who is among your Fado and music idols?
I don’t listen to Fado much anymore, but I like Fado singers like Camané and Ana Moura. I’m currently listening to different types of songs.
Let’s talk about your latest album Do Avesso… How do you describe the sound and style of this album?
Do Avesso is quite different from my other albums because I worked with three producers. We tried to create a common foundation by creating a similar effect with different types of music. There were many different ideas at first but I am very happy with the results. It was the first time I recorded with a classical orchestra and I realized it was a great feeling.
What’s the best thing about being on stage for you?
Playing together and making something nice for people to listen to…
Who do you like from the young generation in the music world?
I love Tim Bernardes or Rodrigo Amarante from Brazil and Silvia Perez Cruz from Spain.
What do you like to listen to in your daily life?
I use Spotify in my car and listen to many different types of music. I have a 21-year-old son, so I’m discovering new musicians.
What are your inspirations for music and life?
My two sons are my greatest inspirations in life.
Finally, what are your impressions about Turkey?
I heard from my friends that Istanbul is a very beautiful city. Many even said it was reminiscent of Lisbon. After coming and seeing, I can share my ideas in more detail.