"catch a small world"
Cacha Mundinho Quartet is a sparkling acoustic outfit that recently came into being quite spontaneously during jam sessions of some musicians living in the same neighborhood in Amsterdam, who took the time to delve into new sources of musical inspiration.
In March 2020, the young singer and songwriter Joana Almeida arrived in Amsterdam from Porto, and opened new "umbrellas" with the percussionist Sjahin During, to establish Cacha Mundinho in searching the landscapes of the rich Lusophone music cultures, intertwining the sounds of the Lusophony world towards a new horizon.
Lusophony is the total of regions and cultures that share the Portuguese language, like: like: Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Middle East and India.
The vocalist and guitarist Joana Almeida creates the compositions, enriched by the collaboration with Sjahin During on percussion, Maripepa Contreras on oboe & duduk, Pedro Ivo Ferreira on contrabass.
"Cacha" derives from Cape Verdean creole and is a corruption of “catch”,
"Mundinho" comes from "mundo" and means “small world”.
Cacha Mundinho means: “catch a small world”.
Live Concert at Bimhuis, Amsterdam 2023
Almeida came to live in Amsterdam in 2020 and has dedicated her life to follow a unique path: she is one of the very first female, classical fado guitarist in Portugal. She composes original pieces in Portuguese, inspired by fado and traditional Portuguese troubadour songs but with her own unique and contemporary take on tradition. Elements from Cape Verdean and Brazilian music are combined with the improvisatory agility of top-notch jazz. The Cacha Mundinho Quartet has its own sound, to honor the Lusophone world.
A musical voyage through the world of lusophony
Joana Almeida (Portugal) - vocals & guitar
Maripepa Contreras (Spain) - oboe & duduk
Pedro Ivo Ferreira (Brazil) - double bass
Sjahin During (Turkey/Netherlands) - percussion
The Cacha Mundinho Quartet is a sparkling new offshoot from the centuries old tree of the Lusophone music cultures.