The project Mural Sonoro (“Sound Wall”) is a virtual archive where memories of Portuguese popular music take the stage: from musicians’ dialogues to composers and musical directors’ perspectives, from teachers to instrument builders. This is a place where you can find memory and music collections, talks and conferences, most of which are devoted to musical composition and interpretation. All of these collections will soon be accessible on Europeana thanks to the Europeana Sounds project.
Mural Sonoro was created by Soraia Simões in 2011, as an Association devoted to research and to build a multimedia archive. Since then, it has been promoting interviews, conferences and meetings with composers, musicians and performers.
At this platform you can meet some of Portuguese major Fado’s performers or learn about Portuguese rap. In the end, the Mural Sonoro aims to value, register, contextualize and disseminate musical practices in Portugal, mostly those related to the diaspora and to migration groups.
Among many other performers, you can find General D, a Mozambican who is already part of Portuguese rap history since the end of the 1980’s. Influenced by several musicians, such as the Brazilian Chico Buarque, the Angolan Bonga and the Portuguese Band UHF, he sings about racism and represents the Hip-Hip culture in Portugal nowadays.
by Soraia Simões (author, IHC /FCSH-UNL and MuralSonoro) &
Inês Queiroz (translation and adaption, IHC /FCSH-UNL)