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Kilindu is a Latin Jazz & Fado world music band. Portuguese band, based in Lisbon, that brings a vast variety of world spread musical influences into the Portuguese Fado genre.
The compositions and arrangements are best described as Fado songs arranged and played to add a syncopated Latin dance feel to Fado and bring the richness of Jazz harmony into the arrangements of the songs, also there are a lot of improvisational elements wish are common to both Fado and Jazz.
To understand the concept behing "Kilindu" project we must describe that the music styles that we fuse on this band are linked together in their common origin.
Portuguese "Fado", Cape Verde "Morna", Brazilian "Samba", Cuba’s "Habanera", and some other styles all derived from a common ground: Lundum - which was a type of music that started in Portugal on the XV century.
The old Lundum is a song with its origins in the Angola's Bantu and Portuguese sailor’s songs. From the African people it inherited the rhythm and from the Portuguese it gained melody and harmony.
This old style relates to Kilindu, a deity responsible for the fate of each person.
That style was banned from Portugal on the XV century and it found it's way to other lands were it evolved and integrated other influences.
The style spread across various regions in central Africa, such as Cape Verde and Angola but it only became more prominent after it was brought to Brazil by African slaves during the 18th century. There it gained popularity among the white middle class and upper crust.
Usually a flirtatious ritual of a couple dance, accompanied by a guitar, Lundu is related to the Spanish fandango and other new-world dances like the Argentine Zamba, Cueca and Bolero.
In the turn of the XIX century, the lundum was one of the sources of the Habanera, Morna, Choro, the Maxixe and the Samba, (Samba was made Bossa Nova by Jobim who integrated Jazz elements on to Samba, on the second half of the XX century).
Fado is quite new compared to its predecessor Modinha that was the Lisbon urban variation of Lundum style, there is no record of “Fado” before the XIX century because in the XVIII century it was Modinha and before that it was Lundum.
It is very easy to imagine how a festive style like Lundum and its urban variation Modinha that were played on the harbors and streets of rich imperial Lisbon, could derive on a crying song like Fado that was sung on the streets battered by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake on a already falling empire.
The music is made by and for the people, in Lisbon, Lundum was destined to be Fado. In Brazil it was destined to be Samba, in Cape Verde it was destined to be Morna…
Fado has found worldwide honors as a musical style. Fado, also means "Fate"… the same as “Kilindu”.
We invite the listener of our songs to take a part of that journey, one that starts on the end.
What if… those apparently different styles could be fused?
This belief was the beginning of our work… and as we soon found there is a lot of work to be done, a life time of new challenges ahead.
We invite you to take part on this journey with us!