Lucy Duran tells the story of Manecas Costa, whose album was the first recorded in Guinea-Bissau. She also visits Cacheu, home of the once banned gumbe rhythm.
In 2002 Radio 3's Late Junction label transported a recording studio to Guinea-Bissau, one of the most inaccessible of west African countries, to make the international debut album of one of Africa's rising stars - Manecas Costa. It was the first album ever recorded in the country and marked Costa's return to his homeland after years living in Lisbon.
Lucy Duran tells the story of the making of the CD and visits Cacheu, the home of Guinea-Bissau's traditional gumbe rhythm, once banned by the Portuguese colonists as being subversive.
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Arriving with Manecas Costa.
Lucy arrives in Guinea-Bissau with its best known musician, Manecas Costa.
Jerry Boyd interview.
Co-producer, Jerry Boyd talks about the challenges of building a studio in Guinea-Bissau.
Lucy talks about Gumbe music, sung in Criolu, the local language of Guinea-Bissau.
Manecas Costa in Cacheu.
Manecas Costa in Cacheu goes to the house where he was born and sings there.
Lucy with Angelo Regala, head of Guinea-Bissau’s most outspoken radio station.
We hear Manecas Costa’s famous song “Djunda Djunda”.
Doing a take of “Osokari”.
Doing a take of “Osokari”, a song calling the healer-diviner to pray for the country.
The “Manjako ladies”.
Lucy and Manecas on a canoe with the “Manjako ladies”.
The Criolu language
Lucy speaks to Manecas about the Criolu language and why he prefers to sing in Criolu.
Jerry Boyd talks about recording.
Jerry Boyd talks about the difference between recording in London and in Guinea-Bissau.