“Andorinhas” – Portuguese for swallows – is the title of Ana Moura’s new single.
The migratory birds have a long tradition in Portuguese culture and stand for family, love, loyalty, home and freedom. It is therefore not surprising that the most famous Fadista in Portugal makes use of the symbolic power of these animals.
With her unique voice, the singer captured the hearts of fans worldwide and has already performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world: from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall in New York to the Olympia in Paris and the Barbican in London. World stars like Prince or Mick Jagger stood in the front row to applaud her. “Andorinhas” is a symbol of freedom and emancipation, a song of praise to creativity and an expression of will for the future.
In “Andorinhas” Ana Moura sings: “Swallows are queens who fly the lines of freedom.”
A wonderful analogy to describe Ana Moura’s career path: Because, of course, the whole world is her home, but she carries her homeland Portugal always in her heart and voice.
“Andorinhas” symbolises artistic freedom, both for the detachment from traditions, as well as for their preservation and self-realisation, the importance of which Ana Moura recognised so early on.
The song is an ode to freedom or in Ana Moura’s words – fly free like the “Andorinhas”.
“Andorinhas” is released on 30th April via Embassy of Music.
A little bit more about Ana Moura
When she took the stage with Prince, Ana already had a career, and a lifetime of immersion in that force – that of music – that always pulled her. Her relationship with music began long before she entered a studio: perhaps when, still in the womb, she heard her mother sing fado, but she also felt the sounds that came from the turntable at home playing records by Fausto and Ruy Mingas, by José Afonso and Bonga.
With her family roots in Africa, there may even be some distant echo, carried by her genetic heritage, that even before that moment had already pushed it back to what it is today. But there was a route, of course. She started by learning with the voice of her parents, who sang whenever they could. As a girl, at the same time she learned to read, she sang fado with the same effort and innocence with which she danced semba and kizomba.
Her successful debut albums Aconteceu and Para Além da Saudade allowed her to add success upon success and expand the map of her presentations, gaining a world for her voice. From the best fado houses in Lisbon, she moved to the Carnegie Hall in New York and from there to the Rolling Stone sProject, an adventure led by the saxophonist of the mythical British band, Tim Ries, who mixed the songbook immortalised in the voice of Mick Jagger with performers selected from various parts of the world. Like Ana Moura, who offered her versions of ‘Brown Sugar‘ and ‘No Expectations‘. Her fifth studio album Desfado topped the Portuguese Albums Chart and since then it has been certified 6× Platinum by the Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa, becoming the best-selling album of the 2010s in Portugal, by a Portuguese artist. It also appeared in the charts of Belgium, Spain and the United States.
“She has a tremendous presence and voice,” said the Guardian in 2016, recognising the strength that translates into talent, courage, and vision, and which has been the most important vector in a career that has never stopped growing toward the future.