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Cultures unite in music

After being postponed last week, the eleventh Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival is set to have its start tomorrow with live performances by Fado Mediterraneo and Havana Noche.

The Rialto Theatre in Limassol has made its series of open-air musical events at Heroes Square, all of them open to the public, a summer tradition. The theatre has made the event one where we learn to accept and enjoy different cultures in a multicultural world.

So this year, for the eleventh time, the meeting point of artists from the local music scene will bring together five groups and many visitors to enjoy a multi-coloured musical celebration.

This year the festival has more of a bent towards Cypriot bands, giving them a chance to showcase their own particular take on World Music. Although the focus is mainly on our local music scene, the international character of the whole event is very much vibrant.

And so it begins tomorrow at 8.30pm with a performance by Fado Mediterraneo, who are four musicians from Limassol joining forces in a collective attempt to showcase and promote urban Portuguese music in Cyprus – a musical genre that carries a history of almost two centuries.

Angelina Sotiriou on vocals, Charis Psyllides on the mandolin, Costas Apokides on guitar and Nicolas Tryfonos on the double bass will perform songs from various eras in a different, unique Mediterranean style.

As an extension to the band’s performance there will also be a seminar entitled Tudo isto e Fado (All This and Fado Too) on July 29 at the Cyprus University of Technology at 7pm. The seminar, by Ethnomusicologist Angelina Sotiriou, will give a presentation on what Fado is. It will explore the urban music tradition of Portugal, which has become part of the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

The seminar will further provide an account of Fado’s roots and different styles, and its association with the city of Lisbon. This is not all. You will also get to know the personalities that have shaped Fado, the social context and background of the genre, how it integrates old and new elements and manages to join artists from different generations. A look into the ways it is associated with the tradition of poetry and modern cinema, and how it has influenced fashion and dress codes will also be highlighted.

The second group to kick off the festival is Havana Noche at 9.30pm, a six-member band who will definitely transmit the energy, enthusiasm and passion of Latin music to Heroes square. The band, who are Pedro Son Caliente on vocals, Alex Edward Rodriguez on the piano and voclas, Michalis Michael on the trumpet, Costas Challoumas on upright bass, Alejandro Gonzalez on the congas and Constandinos Paouros on the timbales, is a mixture of musicians from Cuba, Colombia and Cyprus.

Their music is based on authentic Cuban music genres such as son cubano, salsa and cha cha cha.

The opening event will surely get you dancing to some Portuguese and Latin-based vibes, so put some comfortable shoes on and get ready for an international whirlwind of musical influences.

Fado Mediterraneo and Havana Noche
Musical performances by the bands as part of the 11th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival 2016. July 1. Heroes Square, Limassol. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 77-777745

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