Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Let me introduce Leonardo, the Mozambican Bob Dylan. Whether it's at a holiday party, a Saturday afternoon or a late night gathering, Leonardo's songs can be heard drifting over the pleasant sounds of the barracas. These barracas are a series of small restaurant/bars where locals of all shapes and sizes meet to share drinks, stories and much laughter. They really are the real heart and soul of Maputo and the perfect venue for Leonardo's passionate folk music. For all of you who know my good friend Andrew Neville, this is his kindred spirit in Mozambique...someone who has a repetoire of nearly 1000 songs and will sing them to any audience.

What is even more impressive about Leonardo is that, despite the fact that he is blind and his guitar is literally falling apart (notice the sizable hole near the top), he continues to sing without reservation nearly every night in the barraca. His friends shared a story about how the other week Leonardo was singing for a crowd of people and a small rat climbed out of the body of his guitar and scurried away into the street. Now THAT would have made a good picture!! Many of Leonardo's songs are relics of the colonial times here in Mozambique and are a unique blend of Portuguese love songs and "fado" (which is the blues). Hopefully, I can learn some of these songs from Leonardo during my time here...but I still need to find a guitar!!!


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3:18 a.m.  
Blogger Big Roddy said...

JP, I hope you do find a guitar to learn some of that style out there man. It sounds awesome! I'm having a banana right now, listening to the Dead and working on bass. Anyway, glad to hear you're enjoying everything out there. Take it easy amigo.

9:30 p.m.  
Anonymous Nikkie D said...

Hey PC (Pencity),
Sounds like you are up to good things over there, and having a blast doing them. Take care and keep the blogs acoming.
Miss you loads!
Love your sister from a different mister!
Ha Ha!

4:34 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi jared!!! i'm a portuguese woman born in lourenço marques ( maputo's previous name) and found your blog just by acident. i'm sure you'll love the country... i went ther in 2000 and stood in maputo, beira, tete and quelimane... i'm sure you'll be very successfull ( ???? did i write it right??? ) in your misson in in maputo!!!
the best for you two

i promisse i'll visit your blog at least one time each week, starting from oct 12

alexandra portugal

7:47 a.m.  
Blogger Cara Stahlecker said...

You are so beautiful and I am so proud of you and what you are doing. You are following your heart and doing something not only monumental to you but to so many people. Mozambique is so lucky to have a soul like you there as you are so lucky to have this awesome experience. Keep up the good work and hope to see you when you get back.
Peace Light and Love,

7:54 p.m.  
Blogger anonymoose said...

Jared, John here, I don't know what a blog is but after about an hour of plugging away at keys I think I might have figured it out a bit. Anyway, i miss you and cant wait to see you again. I need you to figure out how that harmonica is attached to his guitar. Rod, enjoy the banana.

3:21 p.m.  
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