Uguru is proud to inform you that the album Lina_ Raül Refree, released internationally in January 2020 by Glitterbeat Records, won the first edition of the Carlos do Carmo Award. This award adds to a huge list of international distinctions that the duo has been collecting since the release of the first album in January 2020.
_Winner of the Carlos do Carmo Award _ # 1 in the World Music Charts Europe, “Disc of the year 2020 _Voted one of the 5 best records of 2020, Le Monde (Patrick Labesse) _#1 “Best Portuguese albums 2020”, No Sólo Fado _Winner of the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik – German Critics Award _Winner of Prix de L’Académie Charles Cros (France) – Coup de Coeur 2020 _Nominated for Les Victoires du Jazz 2020 (France) _#TOP10 Transglobal Music Charts for 4 consecutive months (Feb-May 2020) _Videoclip “Cuidei que Tinha Morrido” finalist for One Screen Short Film Festival – New York 2020
The Carlos do Carmo Award was instituted by SPA as a way of honouring the interpreter who died in January this year, a member of this institution since 1997. The jury responsible for the evaluation of the works in the area of Fado for 2020, presided by António Vitorino D’Almeida and formed by Rui Vieira Nery, Paulo de Carvalho, Tozé Brito and Tiago Torres da Silva, attributed the first edition of the Prize to the project of Lina, exceptional singer, resident fadista of Clube de Fado and author of two albums, and of the Catalan Raül Refree, one of the most renowned producers of today.
The award ceremony will take place on 25 May during the celebrations of the Portuguese Author’s Day.
“Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye Je”, is the song that gave rise to “Gandhi – A Portuguese pays homage to Gandhi”, Rão Kyao’s new album to be released on 14 May.
Gandhi – A Portuguese pays homage to Gandhi was born from a challenge launched by the official entities of India to 124 countries, to reinterpret a theme that Gandhi loved so much. Each of these countries had to choose a musician to recreate “Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye Je”, which became an anthem for all Indians. It is this theme that now appears as the album’s second presentation single, and which was the starting point for Rão Kyao to rediscover the figure of Gandhi and create his tribute, in a work that is a meeting point of Portugal’s connection with India.
“It was then that the Indian embassy contacted me to conceive a version of this theme, based on the fact that they knew of my involvement with Indian music,” says Rão Kyao.
After having finished the recreation, he got an immediate reaction, which was unexpected, from the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, who referenced and published it on all his social networks.
In this second single, Rão Kyao reveals a more introspective component of his music which, in these challenging times, gives it a special dimension.
With a release date for next May, the album is, as it is well understood, a tribute to the Indian leader (1869-1948) who was recently honoured worldwide with the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of his birth. “He remains a futurist. His philosophy is what we need for this time”, says Rão Kyao.
After 4 singles already available throughout the months of February and March, it is now time to get to know the full EP 20PERCEPTION. There are six original songs, recorded during the last year and that will be available tomorrow for sale. To those interested in acquiring this work we remind you that the physical edition is limited to a few copies.
“A Song”, “70 Percent”, “Endless”, and “Moving” are the previously revealed singles that have been conquering the international markets, reaching an impressive number of streamings, earning Rui Massena more than half a million monthly listeners on Spotify. “A Song”, the first tune taken from this new EP, entered the classical music charts of Apple Music in 101 countries, and in 75 of these countries (including Germany, New Zealand, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Austria, USA, Greece, France, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico and Japan) it even entered the top 20 most listened to songs. These four songs have been chosen to enter dozens of Spotify playlists with millions of followers.
Rui Massena’s career is going through a particularly happy moment. In addition to the success of this new work, the composer and pianist participated last 28th in the celebrations of the World Piano Day, promoted by the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon publishing house, alongside some of the greatest pianists of today. Massena is also preparing to go back on the road and continue the tour that was forcibly interrupted by the pandemic we are currently going through. More news on this subject will follow soon.
On 28 March, World Piano Day was celebrated and there were various events celebrating this noble instrument all over the planet.
One of the most important was, without doubt, the online concert on Youtube by Deutsche Grammophon in which a truly stellar selection of the greatest pianists of our time participated. The pianist and composer Rui Massena was one of the artists chosen to integrate the line-up together with Maria João Pires, Lang Lang, Joep Beving, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alice Sara Ott, Jan Lisiecki, Rudolf Buchbinder, Kit Armstrong , Kirill Gerstein, Daniil Trifonov, Seong-Jin Cho, Katia & Marielle Labèque, Chad Lawson, Balmorhea, Yiruma