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Zeca Afonso

Portuguese poet, composer and singer

Zeca Afonso is ...


Born 2 August 1929 in Aveiro
Died 23 February 1987 in Setúbal
Age 57 years, 6 months
Cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship Portugal
Occupation singer-songwriter, poet, composer and singer
Instrument voice
Notable work Grândola, Vila Morena
Genre folk music and protest song

About Zeca Afonso

Zeca Afonso was a revolutionary figure in Portuguese music and politics. Born in Aveiro, Portugal in 1929, Afonso began his career as a poet and composer in the 1950s. He quickly gained a reputation for his politically charged lyrics and his unique blend of traditional Portuguese music with modern influences.

In the 1960s, Afonso became increasingly involved in left-wing politics and was a vocal critic of the authoritarian regime that ruled Portugal at the time. His music became a rallying cry for the anti-fascist movement, and he was often arrested and censored by the government.

Despite the obstacles he faced, Afonso continued to write and perform music that spoke to the struggles of the Portuguese people. His most famous song, "Grândola, Vila Morena," became an anthem for the Carnation Revolution of 1974, which overthrew the dictatorship and ushered in a new era of democracy in Portugal.

Afonso's influence on Portuguese music and politics cannot be overstated. He was a true revolutionary, using his art to challenge the status quo and fight for a better world. He passed away in 1987, but his legacy lives on in the music of countless artists who have been inspired by his work.


- "Zeca Afonso: The Man Who Sang Freedom." The Guardian, 25 April 2014,

- "José Afonso." AllMusic,

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