Photographer's Note

I took this photo in Ferreira do Alentejo. This mural, painted by António Alves, represents a group of men singing the "Cante", a traditional music from the Alentejo that has been considered as Intangible Heritage, by UNESCO. 
This choir is formed only by men (there are also others only formed by women). I really believe they express the true soul of the region. Most part of the men who form these choirs work in the fields, so they’re the right persons to sing these songs that talk mainly about the region, the fields and life in the countryside. And they do it with so much feeling! The songs are sung very slowly and their magnificence comes mainly from their very strong voices. There are many choirs in the region, most part of the villages or small towns here have one.
The little chapel in background is the symbol of the town because it's very unique (I've posted a photo of it a few years ago) - it's the Chapel of Santa Maria Madalena or  Chapel of the Calvary and it was named like that because the stones we can see at the top represent the stones that have been thrown to Jesus when he was on his way to the Calvary.
The sentence we see there means " A people who sing won't die" and it was said by Michel Giacometti, a French Ethnologist who studied the Portuguese traditional music.

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