In the early 1980s, a musical revolution took place in Cabo Verde. After Cape Verde won independence in 1975, the band Bulimundo and its leader Katchas introduced Cape Verdean people to their roaring, high-tempo and electric version of funana. This cultural shockwave led the group to a success that is at last available again!
Bulimundo is perhaps the most significant funaná band of today. Among the many things they have given to the history of Cape Verde's music is the undeniable role they played in the democratization of this musical genre.
In 1980, they took it even further, paving the way for the funana diaspora with records such as Djam Branku Dja and Bulimundo, which immortalize the electrified version of this constant game between the diatonic accordion and the harmonica, and that took them on a long tour to Europe and the USA.
Also featured in their discography are "World Ka Bu Kaba" (1982), "Exodus" (1983), "Compass Pilon" (1984) and "Na Kal Qui Bu Ta Linha" (1991 after Katchás' death in 1989) and last CD would be “Ta N'Deria Ka ta Kai” (1997).
After a break of more than 10 years, the group reunited in April 2017, in Praia - Cape Verde, returning to the stages with 3 of its founding elements, from the 8 that are currently part of the band.
This year have already been present in Portugal at the Tremor Festival and the Imminent Festival, two unforgettable concerts that prove the strength and vitality of the band.
“After a career spreading the pure joy of their music, they regained their unity in 2017 to continue to do so. We've been there and made sure: Bulimundo's place isn't forgotten or inflated vinyl on Discogs - it's now. With us: their long and tasty combustion, orchestrating this once-eternal twilight, in which the guitarist and saxophonist prolong their small choreography among the hundreds that sprout in the audience.
Miguel Alexandre In Rimas e Batidas
“Priceless collection of funanás that equate to a permanent party (...) whose collective mission reaches a maximum level of truth whenever Zeca di nha Reinalda picks up the microphone. It's those voices that seem to overlap everything around (...)“
Gonçalo Frota In Ipsilon