EP Music Mondays (#8): Marko i Blacky Orkestar

In what will be the last installment of EP Music Mondays for the foreseable future (various time constraints and my tighter focus on my ongoing job search leave me no opportunity to give this segment the care and research it requires), I’ve decided to follow up on the previous post about Melech Mechaya and give you a taste of more Balkan-inspired music coming from the Iberian Peninsula!

As it stands, this post also works as a personal thank-you to one of my most active and supportive followers: I’m talking about João Duarte, who is a founding member and percussionist of Marko i Blacky Orkestar (named, I assume, after the main characters of Emir Kusturica’s 1995 film Underground, winner of that year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival), with orkestar being the South Slavic word for orchestra.

The band’s bread and butter is a welcome fusion of Portuguese and Balkan folk traditions; at a time when people seem to be growing more and more disillusioned with their lives and the future, it’s good to surround yourself with celebratory, fun music (and no one can accuse the Balkan countries of not knowing what hardship is – just ask the protagonists of Underground). I hope you like it as much as I do!

João kindly provided me with two Youtube clips to share with you so that you can sample his/their music! I’ll post them after the jump; you can also follow their work and watch more clips at their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MarkoBlacky2012/ 

P.S. Thank you for your readership – it was never as strong or as vocal vs. other segments of the website, but I’ve appreciated writing these music articles while I could. And don’t forget to keep looking for Portuguese music – finding your favourite artist might just be one of the best ways to keep connected to the country and to the language you’re learning.

“Usti Usti Baba”


4 thoughts on “EP Music Mondays (#8): Marko i Blacky Orkestar

  1. Patricia/orfeonegro July 4, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    0lá, Luis, muito obrigada pelos “Music Mondays” – como João eu também faço música. Sou pianista, e tambén canto na banda de jazz de meu marido. (“Jazz We Can”) Aqui em nosso distrito na Alemanha existe um “Estrada Fado Group” que faz coisas muito lindas, também com músicos de outros países. Assim conheci “A Gaivota”, por exemplo, e em Lisboa comprei a partitura…
    Novamente, muitas graças por teu trabalho neste blog!

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    • luisdomingos July 7, 2016 / 4:08 pm

      Olá, Patrícia! That’s really amazing! I’m not a musician myself, but I have an incredibly amount of respect for everyone dedicated to that craft! I’m glad you enjoyed the articles while they lasted, and hopefully they’ll allow you try listening to more Portuguese music in the future. It’s also great to know there’s a little bit of Portugal being shared in Germany – at times like there, when people seem to be getting more and more divided, it’s great to know there are still people interested in melding cultures together (and music is obviously a great place to start)!

      Mais uma vez obrigado por todo o apoio! O meu tempo é cada vez mais escasso, mas o blog vai estar sempre ativo com “Words of the week” (ainda que só uma vez por semana a partir do fim do mês) e com as minhas respostas às perguntas deixadas nas mensagens ou no formulário da Google! Um abraço de Portugal para a Alemanha :)


  2. João Duarte July 5, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    It’s an honor for our group and for me to be featured on your wonderful blog; thank you so much!! :D

    With Music Mondays or without it, this blog should be a reference to European Portuguese learning everywhere. I’m very thankful for your work.

    P.S.: You were spot on about the name of the band! :)


    • luisdomingos July 7, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      No need – I’m really glad I was able to get to know you and your group, and it was important for me to feature it before I placed the feature on permanent hiatus, as a gesture to your support and to the quality of the music (it’s important people don’t associate us with casas de fado – there’s nothing with it per se, but when you don’t know the full picture fado becomes a caricature/stereotype and foreigners can’t appreciate it and everything else we do properly)! Obrigado por tudo :)

      P.S.: Full disclosure – I haven’t seen Kusturica’s film, but Google lent me a hand there! :) Without having seen the film, I think the reference to it makes for a great title: it’s a connection not everyone will make, but those who do become instantly aware of the depths of meaning behind that choice, which is something that draws you instantly to the music and makes you curious to know more about it.

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