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Deolinda live in Monchique
Luís José Martins
Pedro da Silva Martins
José Pedro Leitão
Deolinda is a Portuguese quartet band founded in 2006 when brothers Pedro da Silva Martins and Luis José Martins (formerly of the band 7-Headed Beast) invited their cousin, Ana Bacalhau, who was then singing with the band Lupanar, to sing four songs they had written. When they realized that her voice perfectly fit their songs they invited her to join them. They also invited José Pedro Leitão, the bass player with Lupanar and currently Ana Bacalhau's husband, to join them—creating Deolinda.
The band's debut album Canção Ao Lado released in 2008 was a success reaching number 3 on the charts and was certified double platinum after selling 55,000 copies.
Their second album, Dois Selos e Um Carimbo (Two Stamps and a Seal), released in April 2010, topped the Portuguese charts at #1. In January 2011, at two concerts in Porto and two in Lisbon, the band performed the song "Parva que Sou" for the first time. The lyrics were a social criticism of modern Portugal and the lack of opportunities for its people. "Parva que Sou" became an anthem of Portugal's economically dislocated young generation. Bootleg videos of the song's concert premier went viral on social networks immediately after each performance.
Mundo Pequenino, the third album of the band was released in 2013.
The band's style is inspired by fado, but differs substantially from that of traditional Portuguese genre. For instance, Deolinda does not use Portuguese guitar, as fado would dictate. Deolinda's songs and lyrics are not serious and fatalistic, like classic fado; instead, they often use humor, irony and a fast, happy pace. When performing live, members of Deolinda do not dress in black as traditional fado players do.
The founding and current members of Deolinda are:
- Ana Bacalhau (vocals)
- Luís José Martins (classical guitar, ukulele, cavaquinho, guitalele, viola braguesa and vocals)
- Pedro da Silva Martins (composition, lyrics, classical guitar and vocals)
- José Pedro Leitão (double bass and vocals)
|2008||Canção Ao Lado
|2010||Dois selos e um carimbo
|2011||Deolinda no Coliseu dos Recreios
|2008||"Fado Toninho"||18||Canção ao Lado|
|2010||"Um contra o Outro"||22||Dois Selos E Um Carimbo|