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Posted by nelson on August 09, 2017
The cover of the new album
Beto and Howie Casey, who was a session musician for Paul McCartney and the Wings

Few musicians in the Algarve can brag about having a career as long and successful as Beto Kalulu’s. For 45 years, the Carvoeiro-based singer and percussionist has been delighting crowds with his unique African-inspired style of music.

With three solo albums already under his belt and several collaborations with other artists, the charismatic musician with his distinctive big hair has now launched a crowdfunding campaign to help him cover the costs of his latest album which aims to celebrate his 45 years of music.

He told the Resident that the album, produced by long-time friend and accomplished musician Enzo D’Aversa, is due to be released around the start of September and will feature seven original songs and four new versions of some of his classics.

In fact, the album will cover a wide range of musical styles from Salsa and Bossa Nova to Samba and Funk, aiming to be a “summary of everything I have done during my musical journey”, he said.

Kalulu collaborated with around 40 artists, most notably British saxophonist Howie Casey who was a session musician for Paul McCartney and the Wings, as well as Dany Silva (Cape Verde), Fernando Girão (Angola), Costa Neto (Mozambique) and Sílvia Nazário (Brazil).

One of the novelties of the record will be a song entitled ‘My Bread’ which sees Kalulu singing in English for the first time.

The crowdfunding campaign is running until September (https://ppl.com.pt/pt/prj/beto-kalulu).

Kalulu told us that if it hadn’t been for the support of local businesses such as Jan and Olimar, he would not have been able to record the album.

Depending on how much money is donated, fans can receive anything from a digital CD to an album and a copy of his biography entitled ‘Beto dos Windies’.

The second issue of the book is due to be launched soon, and will be available in English and German as well as Portuguese.

Both the album and the book will be sold at Intermarché Carvoeiro, which Kalulu says has been “incredibly supportive” of his projects.

The musician added that he is also in talks with Lagoa council to organise an album launch show and two concerts in Lagoa and Carvoeiro after the CD is released.

Dates for shows will be announced soon on his Facebook page.

By MICHAEL BRUXO
michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

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