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O Bando de Surunyo - "Ai dina dina dana"

Portuguese baroque music for Christmas - 1st CD by early music ensemble "O Bando de Surunyo"

  • Press release about the recording of our CD

    This news is reserved for project supporters.

  • Chacona sobre Zuguambe/A minino tam bonitio

    This is the work from which "O Bando de Surunyo" borrows its name. 
    It is a "villancico de negro" in which the leader of a merry party of Angolans and São Toméans sings tender verses to the baby Jesus, announcing, at the same time, the great goodness that He will bring to mankind. However, her companions make such a racket that she is forced to rebuke them to the point of insult. “Mas que bando de surunyo!” (“what a chattering of starlings!”), she calls them. Although momentarily offended, the group’s indignation doesn’t last long and they quickly resume the merrymaking.


  • Continuo and beyond

    These are the instruments that will be playing on our CD:

    Iberian harp
    Vihuela and five course guitar

    Video by Adriana Romero

  • Here is one of the pieces we will be recording in our CD




    "Olas, olas" - Christmas villancico (Portugal, ca. 1650)

    The contrapuntal mastery of the musicians of Coimbra’s Santa Cruz monastery in 17th century Portugal crafts a musical Nativity fresco of glistening beauty over a ground bass enigmatically called “Canto Chão da Mangalaça” in the original manuscript.