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TERRAKOTA’S 6th ALBUM “OXALÁ” IS OUT!

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October 11, 2016

Last weekend Terrakota launched its new album “Oxalá” with big concerts in Lisbon and Porto. Now, they’re going to Almada, Coimbra, the Azores, then Madrid, Granada & Sevilla.

Over the past ten years, Terrakota has forged its own pan-African and trans-Atlantic rootsworld kota sound. On its sixth studio album “Oxalá”, the band embraces its Portuguese roots while diving more deeply into their rock influences. A message of hope for humanity.

“Oxalá” is a Portuguese word, of Arabic origin, venerated in Brazil. It comes from the Arabic expression “inch’allah”, an expression often used in Portuguese (“se Deus quiser”). In Portugal, Oxalá stands for the desire for something to happen. Followers of the Afro-Brazilian religion candomblé know Oxalá or Obatalá as the first orixá (Nigerian yoruba god), creator of the world, men, animals and plants.


“Oxalá”, one word, one expression but a lot of meaning, a place where many cultures collide and intermingle. A word that comes from the Arabs, who were based in Portugal for centuries and left their marks, before it was introduced in Lusophone countries via the trans-atlantic slave trade. These darkest pages of human history somehow intrigue Terrakota, following the ancient trade routes, but turned upside-down, from the New World back to Africa, drinking from the fantastic musical diversity that has been spread around the world through slavery.


For Terrakota, Oxalá, that desire for something to happen, can be understood as a political statement, a desire for humans to go back to a lifestyle in harmony with the nature that surrounds us, for a world without borders where cultural encounters are the norm, a No Man’s Land where no man can claim the land is theirs. The critical status of the human societies and the planet serve as a base for a conscious message to which the band will not renounce.

Terrakota’s first albums were inspired by travels to Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, while also incorporating influences from Latin America. The fourth album is clearly marked by their trip to India. This one is inspired by an internal travel, giving light to Portuguese songs built on top of their Afro-explosive melting pot: Afro-Brazilian rhythms, soukouss, reggae, afrobeat, gnawa, influences from India & beyond.
Africa remains the main source, the starting point from where the band looks for the perfect alchemy to get to their trademark modern roots sound, where all borders, distances and barriers are wiped out. The band has again invited guests to make the music even richer, special people with whom the band has a privileged relationship: traditional Alentejo singer Vitorino, Indian singer Mahesh Vinayakram, French rapper Florian Doucet, beatmaker & producer Beat Laden, Kumpania Algazarra’s horn section, and backing vocals by the Lisbon-based Selma Uamusse (Mozambique) & Anastácia Carvalho (Angola), without forgetting a brilliant text by the Angolan rapper Luaty Ikonoklasta.

After parting ways with vocalist Romi and two sabbaticals, Terrakota has added fresh blood with the young and talented singer/multi-instrumentalist Gonçalo Sarmento, the gracious performer/dancer Diana Rego, as well as new drummer Márcio Pinto and percussionist Paulo das Cavernas. These new elements and the extra years of travelling for the veterans have brought Terrakota to an even more mature sound, concising lyrics and the guts to do some songwriting in addition to their explosive Afro-world sound.

TERRAKOTA'S NEW VIDEOCLIP "SOCIAL INSECURITY" IS OUT!

20th February 2017

The 20th of February 2017, Terrakota launched its new videoclip 'Social Insecurity'. 
It's the third videoclip of the new album 'Oxalá', shot at Meco beach and Galápos beach, close to Lisbon in Portugal. 
Powerful Afrobeat-rock with a constant guitar line and chorus, executed with a 70's feeling.

youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF0G0usz6aQ&w=560&h=315

The video portrays the coming of "pirates that cleans the waters" of the Lusitanian beaches. It breathes a "post apocalyptic" feeling in contrast to the marvelous landscape and summer light of the Portuguese coastline. 
It was directed by Rafael Espinel, singer of the band La Chiva Gantiva, with photography by Nicolas Moins and figurines by Margarida Gomes and the Terrakota musicians.

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"Social Insecurity" is a reflection of the society in the beginning of the 21st century, where we pledge allegiance to a Money God and where the people totally lost their autonomy in favor of financial groups and multinationals. 
It's a satire as well as a real portrait of the principals that rule our lives in this "unrestrained neoliberal fascism" where everything is about money. Human rights, aesthetics, ecological consciousness, intelligence and a vision of the future are thrown overboard.
The track was composed when the Troika entered Portugal to resolve the so-called political crisis and to apply the inhumane austerity regime. The lyrics are a direct reflex of that situation, denouncing the cheeky way the worldwide monetary shitstem and the multinationals play with crises just to obtain more profit and lead the economy straight to the abyss.

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Concerts
To start the 2017 Oxalá Tour, Terrakota will present its new album in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Catalunya.
 
2/3 Pllek, Amsterdam (NL)
3/3 La Batterie, Guyancourt (FR)
4/3 Cultuurcentrum Berchem, Antwerp (BE)
5/4 Sala Apolo, Barcelona (ES)

 

TERRAKOTA LAUNCHES NEW VIDEO IN FEBRUARY AND PREPARES FOR OXALÁ TOUR 2017

January 2017

After launching its fifth album of originals "OXALÁ" and presenting it in various Portuguese and Spanish cities as well as in Belgium, TERRAKOTA takes a break to travel to Africa, South America and Asia to reload their batteries. In March they will be back all over Europe to showcase this album that personifies the band's new life cycle.
But first, TERRAKOTA will launch the third video of this album, "Social Insecurity", filmed on the Arrábida and Meco beaches, in and outside the water, by the musician/film director Rafael Espinel.
The 2017 tour will start with cd-presentations in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Paris and Barcelona; getting ready for a summer that promises 
to be intense and full of re-encounters. Here are the dates we can already announce:

02/03 Pllek, Amsterdam (NL)
03/03 La Batterie, Guyancourt (FR)
04/03 Cultuurcentrum Berchem, Antwerp (BE)
05/04 Apolo, Barcelona (ES)
06/05 Madeira (PT)
02/06 Earth Garden Festival (Malta)
23/06 Clownia Festival, Sant Joan de les Abadesses (ES)
01/07 Terre de Culture, Autun (FR)
27/7 Iboga Summer Festival, Tavernes de la Valldinga (ES)
29/07 Braga (PT)
04/08 Festival Labyrinthe, Rochechouart (FR)
05/08 Chaves (PT)
11-12/08 (BE) TBA

"Social Insecurity" portrays the condition in which the human societies live in the beginning of the 21st century, where we pledge allegiance to a Money God and where the people totally lost their autonomy in favor of financial groups and multinationals. It's a satire as well as a real portrait of the principals that rule our lives in this "unrestrained neoliberal fascism" where everything is about money. 
Human rights, aesthetics, ecological consciousness, intelligence and a vision of the future were totally thrown overboard.
The video portrays the coming of "pirates that cleanse the waters" of the Lusitanian beaches. It breathes a "post apocalyptic" feeling in contrast to the marvelous landscape and summer light of the Portuguese coastline.
It was directed by Rafael Espinel, singer of the band La Chiva Gantiva, with photography by Nicolas Moins and figurines by Margarida Gomes and the Terrakota musicians.
The clip will be launched in February 2017.

 

 

With the summer approaching, Terrakota is getting ready for the road with a tour bringing the band to Malta, Portugal, Spain, Italy, France & Belgium.

After launching their sixth album "Oxalá" in October 2016 and the third videoclip of that album, the powerful afrobeat 'Social Insecurity' in March this year, Terrakota keeps up the beat with a completely renovated live show that still includes some Kota-classics, but is nowadays a reflex of the creative process that started with the new formation of the band since 2014.

An astounding fusion of roots music from Africa, Latin America, Brazil, the Arab world, India & beyond. A powerful discharge of boiling grooves, a transcontinental musical express, a shout-out for the world to change its course, a celebration of freedom. Inviting audiences to release their mind, body and soul!
 

"Set standout 'Social Insecurity', a turbo-charged 
afrobeat romp, features a Fela Kuti-like political 
diatribe backed by female African singers and stinging 
Santana-esque guitar. (...) This vibrant Portugal-based 
band would be an asset to any world music festival."

Tony Hillier - Rhythms (Australia, May/June edition)
 

Oxalá Summer Tour 2017:

02/6 Earth Garden Festival (Malta)
23/6 Clownia Festival, San Joan de les Abadesses (ES)
24/6 Poborina Folk, Teruel (ES)
01/7 Terre de Culture, Autun (FR)
08/7 Festival Cabo de Plata, Cadiz (ES)
21/7 Portugal, to be announced
29/7 Festival do Birra ao Samba, Braga (PT)
30/7 Iboga Festival, Tavernes de la Valldinga (ES)
04/8 Festival Labyrinthe, Rochechouart (FR)
05/8 festival identidades, Chaves (PT)
06/8 NaturaFest Viseu (PT)
11/8 Ancient Trance Festival, Leipzig (DE)
12/8 Afro C Festival, Bredene (BE)
19/8 Mandrea Music Festival, Arco (IT)
20/8 Etétrad Festival, Aosta (IT)
21/8 Onda su Onda Festival, Livorno (IT)
22/8 Alguero, Sardegna (IT)
23/8 Italy, to be announced
25/8 Italy, to be announced
26/8 Kribiskrabis, Valdaora (IT)
02/9 Portugal, to be announced
23/9 Fiesta Mundial, Balen (BE)

... and more to be confirmed soon!

TERRAKOTA- OXALÁ TOUR- SUMMER 2017

20th February 2017

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