José Afonso

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José Manuel Cerqueira Afonso dos Santos, known as José Afonso, Zeca Afonso (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈzɛkɐ aˈfõsu]) or just Zeca (2 August 1929 – 23 February 1987), was born in Aveiro, Portugal, the son of José Nepomuceno Afonso, a judge, and Maria das Dores. Zeca is among the most influential folk and political musicians in Portuguese history. He became an icon among Portuguese left-wing activists due to the role of his music in the resistance against the dictatorial regime of Oliveira Salazar, resistance that triumphed in 1974 with the pro-democratic leftist military coup of the Carnation Revolution. His song "Grândola, Vila Morena" is closely associated with the revolution, since it was chosen to be the password transmitted by radio for the beginning of the movement that toppled the dictatorship. In the ensuing revolutionary process, Zeca was a very active musician and continued composing political and folk songs, often criticizing the post-revolutionary changes. Years after his death, Zeca Afonso is still widely listened to, not only in Portugal, but also abroad.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1968 Cantares do Andarilho 3
1970 Traz outro amigo também 4
1971 Cantigas do Maio 3
1973 Venham mais Cinco 1
1976 Com As Minhas Tamanquinhas 2
1978 Enquanto Há Força 2
1985 Galinhas do Mato 1
1987 Contos velhos, rumos novos 2
1987 Fados de Coimbra e Outras Canções 1
1996 De Capa E Batina 1
2002 Galinhas do Mato 1
Baladas e Canções 1
Como se fora seu filho 1
Coro Dos Tribunais 1
Eu Vou Ser Como A Toupeira 1
Fura Fura 1
Os Vampiros 1
Zeca Afonso no Coliseu 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 José Afonso 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Zeca Afonso no Coliseu 2

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