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Seiva is Portuguese folk identity showing their lifeblood mixing rurale orality and urbanity.
Seiva is look inside to seek a musical and cultural root and find Portuguese soul in the working songs, in pilgrimages, in square drums and tambourines, in songs of faith, in the strength of the drums that make our hearts beat stronger. Rhythms that the time has not yet lost but it was forgetting. Feel that essence in the braguesa viola, in the cavaquinho, in the portuguese bagpipes but also in looking forward and blaze new paths, mixing electronics and electricity without compunction or purisms.
Nourishing the present with the strength of the past to embrace the future and remember that all this is also Portuguese feeling.
Seiva started their careir in 2014 with the goal of making a musical project totally based on the Portuguese oral tradition. Heirs of Dazkarieh, Vasco Ribeiro Casais and Joana Negrão brougth to Seiva their will to explore even further the Portuguese traditional music. They wanted to create a band that that sought the deepest Portuguese roots. A Portuguese soul present in the work songs, in the pilgrimages, in the adufes and tambourines, in the songs of faith and in instruments such as the cavaquinho, viola braguesa and portuguese bagpipes. Using everything and mixing it with its original themes, with electronics and electricity, without modesty or purity, bringing all this rurality to the urban habitat of the members of the group and trying to make this whole culture renew and show itself to the World.
In May 2015 they released their first album, homonym and author edition, with physical distribution worldwide by the German label Galileo MC and with digital distribution on all platforms, starting from the beginning to open doors outside Portugal.
In their first album they explored the most hidden musical tradition of Beira-Baixa mixing it with their own experiences and with their original songs. During the same year they did a series of concerts in venues and festivals in Portugal, showing the songs of the album and proving that in concert Portuguese culture finds echoes in the ears of the audience. They make their first show at the João Mota Theater in Sesimbra with a full house in January 2015, then follows some show in venues like Forum Romeu Correia in Almada, Forum José Figueiredo in Baixa da Banheira and in some clubs like Popular Alvalade and Sabotage Club in Lisbon, Cinema -Incrivel in Almada, Salão Brazil in Coimbra and Espaço Imaginário in Évora. They also performed in some Festivals, such as the “Oeiras Crescendo” Festival, “Há Festa na Aldeia” in Alcácer do Sal, “International Festival of Giants” in Pinhal Novo, “Festival Salva a Terra” in Salvaterra do Extremo, “Festival I Burro IL Geiteiro” in Trás-os-Montes, “Festa do Avante”, among others.
Their debut single "Dura de Roer" ran in a playlist on TSF (Portuguese Radio) and the album promotion took them to Radio Dreyeckland "in Germany," Radio Popolare "in Italy,"Les Rutes del So" in Barcelona - which named the album Seiva as the 2nd best of 2015, ended with the live performance in the program “Viva a Música” by Armando Carvalheda on Antena1 (Portuguese national radio).
This series of concerts and promotions was important to consolidate the position of Seiva, as a new Portuguese folk band in the portuguese panorama, attracting fans that already followed Vasco Ribeiro Casais and Joana Negrão in Dazkarieh and gaining more people who are interested in Portuguese music which is not the most widespread in the mass media.
In addition to the portuguese promotion, some international contacts were also made, which were also reflected in good reviews in folk and worldmusic magazines and sites such as fRoots, Songlines, Folker, Folkworld and some out-of-doors concerts such as Folk Hebst in Germany, Eurofonik festival in France and the Ghanafest Festival in Malta.
Seiva were also present in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 at Womex, the largest worldmusic fair where they revived old contacts and where they consolidated concert possibilities for a very near future in Spain, France, Germany and Sweden.
In May 2016 Seiva has been nominated for one of the most important European Folk awards – FolkHebst in Germany, which has already awarded names such as Garmarna, Berrogüetto, Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Dreamers'Circus and others.
Seiva, a trio who only uses portuguese traditional instruments and who combines them with electricity and electronics, make the Portuguese roots gain a whole new meaning in the days that run and do justice to Portuguese music as Hedingarna did with Swedish, Varttina with the Finnish, Dervish with the Irish, Coetos with the Catalan and so on.
Viola Braguesa, Cavaquinho, Portuguese Bagpipes, Adufe.
Vocals, Adufe, Portuguese Bagpipes.
(...)"Vocal creativity and poetic flair (Negrão has the gift).(...)listeners conditioned to equate Portugal exclusively with fado will find compelling evidence to the contrary in the resplendent musical heartbeat that is Seiva.” Michael Stone – fRoots. (UK)
(...)"beautifully crafted sound tapestry of Portuguese Bagpipes, tambourine, viola braguesa, adufe, and cavaquinho.” Gonçalo Frota – Songlines (UK)
(...)"The music is not sad and melancholic, but lush and exuberant. Joana Negrão is an awesome vocalist." Tom Keller – Folkworld (DE)
(...)"a talented group of musicians who are innovating Portuguese folk music”. in worldmusiccentral.org (USA)
(...)"a journey filled with emotions.” in paysdeloire.sortir.eu (FR)
(...)"tradition and modernity together with boundless energy." in atelierdesinitiatives.org (FR)
(...)"strong melodies and even better arrangements" in Folker (DE)
(...)"sonic exploitation of traditional Portuguese instruments"in Blitz (PT)