As agreed, we went down to Xarabanda by the morning to sit for a rehearsal of Carmina Belli, a project instigated by Tozé Cardoso, in which Alexandra Barbosa sings and Miguel Rosado plays the drums. They are about to launch the project, so stay alert!
As the rehearsal ended, we took Alexandra to PIPINOIR, since it was her time to be interviewed by Sara. In the middle of questions, she rescued from an endless list of songs, just two, one in English and another one in Brazilian, by Fáfá de Belém, which she used to listen to when she was very little.
As promised, there was a family lunch. We went up to Santo Antínio for an authentic Barbosa-Jardim symposium at Tia Anita's house. As it had been already pointed at as one of the prominent sounds in Mariana B Camacho's memory, the already traditional environment of such encounters was captured by Sara, with Filipe's mobile phone. There was much noise, crossed conversations, hysterical laughter attacks, good mood, dirty jokes (some just nonsensical), sleepy snores, good food and so on…
Back to PIPINOIR, there came this young man who had lived many years in Paris. Now he is back and, having enjoyed being presented the insides of the project, he said 'Madeira surely needs more things like this'. We asked him if he was somehow related to music, to which he responded saying 'no', but he then told us, with vibrant certainty, that he thought it was important to always keep oneself updated about which things are cultural agents doing.
Another surprising visit was from Vitor Hugo's, another young man (with the strongest handshake), who drives touristic cabbies around in Funchal. He found us during his unplanned walk during his lunch break and loved the space. He also liked the project very much and said to us that he would sincerely try to bring more tourists here, for they have been wanting to get to now a more cultural kind of Madeira. In the end, we talked about everyone doing his or her (p)art, him his and us ours, in this thing we call life.
Today was also the day we so much have waited to PAINT ALL FLOOR WHITE! Just one paint bucket did not suffice, so we had to buy another one. We found the same guy who had recommended opting for high-quality paint and as he was so cordial and nice, the affability granted him a personal invitation to the next opening, that of 'The state of things' by Sara.
Having finished painting the floor bright white, we noticed that now, people could not avoid staring at POPINOIR and asking us what is going on in here whenever they are just passing by through Rua dos Aranhas. The thing is that it became a kind of a strikingly luminous supernova in the middle of a road that is somewhat dark and strong on orangey tones.
Photograph by Rui A. Camacho
Photograph by Sara Rodrigues