RAPortugal 1986–1999 is a research project that combines scientific research, training, social intervention and artistic creation. This project, funded by the DGArtes (Directorate-General for Arts), aims at studying what is known as the first period of the history of Rap music in Portugal, from 1986 to 1999, following a previous research developed by Soraia Simões within the “Mural Sonoro” and the Institute for Contemporary History (NOVA University).

Among the project’s initiatives, several personal testimonies of Portuguese Rap protagonists are being recorded, aiming to preserve the memory of this dimension of urban culture during this time range. These recordings will also be preserved for future memory as a part of Portugal’s contemporary history, namely regarding the evolution of its music industry after the 1974 Revolution.

Moreover, a programme of activities will be developed regarding the valorisation of this cultural practice and the strengthening of the link between the academics and the universe of hip-hop culture, which will contribute to its social enrichment. The programme will comprise an e-book edition, in which collected testimonies will be contextualised, the audio-visual recordings, which will also be available through Europeana thanks to the Europeana Sounds project, and a composing workshop for young musicians from 15 to 20 years old, coordinated by Makkas, one of the pioneers of this musical gender in Portugal.

During the project, a series of conferences and other editions are also planned, as well as a concert gathering the Black Company band.

The project’s team is composed by Soraia Simões (general coordination and research), Carlos Gomes (production manager) and Makkas (Rapper, former member of Black Company, music and training direction).

by Soraia Simões, Mural sonoro