Ningue Ningue

Sunday, May 9th

Fio / Thread

@20h Trancoso, Portugal

(online via zoom for max 35 people)

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Ningue Ningue
Ningue, ningue, ningue, ningue
Ningue Ningue…
Go on, say it a few more times. And once again.

Can you feel the birth of a rhythm on the tip of your tongue? Have you noticed how these two words, bearing no meaning of their own, are ready to explode into the big bang of music?

Maria Mendonça and César Prata – the two names behind Ningue Ningue – are fascinated with the ancestral origins of music. They have collected every oral evidence of traditional singing in their native land of Portugal called Beira Interior, which extends from the postcard village of Arganil, near Coimbra, to the medieval defense castle of Guarda on the border with Spain.

Growing up in Beira Interior means feeling the constant presence of the mystical, dominant Serra da Estrela – the Star Mountains. Maria watched its western hills from Seia, a town lying on the path away from the mountains and towards the universality of the ocean, while César witnessed it from the northernmost town of Trancoso, overlooking the deep rurality of Trás-os-Montes.

Their unique personal geographies are reflected in their music. Maria brings in the universal violin and idyllic voice, whereas César contributes with the rarities of weirdly-shaped guitars, adufes, cymbals, dulcimers, tongue-drums and hurdy-gurdies. The metaphorical mountain in their middle is the love for ethnic music, which they do not perceive as some truth crystallised by centuries of tradition. Rather, they see it as a starting point for having fun with electronic loops and beats, their laptop being an extension of antiquity.

Maria and César rescue and interpret the traditional songs in a particularly individual, original way, weaving a delicate thread that permits the unknown authors of the past to have voice in our present. It is the thread – fio, in Portuguese – that connects the title of their performance with what we will feel.

Ningue Ningue

Who is organising this concert?

Invisible City, a non-profit on a mission to enable emerging artists to perform more and get paid fairly.

How do I see the concert?

Once you have made your donation, we’ll send you an online ticket with a secret code to our invisible private room in Zoom, for which we have a professional account for maximum quality. We do NOT RECORD the concerts and keep our virtual room intimate and cosy, limiting the participation to 35 people.

Will I have a good sound?

We make sure that the artists have the fastest internet connection possible and are properly geared. We run numerous soundchecks prior to the concert to make sure everything is tuned on the artist side! You can do your part: make sure your setup is as perfect as possible with our self-soundcheck guide.

How much should I donate?

We encourage you to make a donation on behalf of every person who participates in this online concert together with you.

We believe that 4 euros per person is fair, yet most guests usually contribute around 9 euros, so if you have the means and wish to support the artists and Invisible City further, we’d be grateful if your donation corresponds to what feels fairest to you.

You can also make a donation directly to the Invisible City account (for example, from your Revolut app or similar):

Account name: Invisible City MTÜ

IBAN: EE88 7700 7710 0336 8942


(When you make a transfer, please mention your email so that we send you the ticket!)

How much does the artist actually get?

Even before the gig starts, Invisible City guarantees a minimum of 100 euros to the artist no matter what. This is our investment into the performance which provides a safety net for the artist. We make sure it is never a lottery! These funds come from reinvesting the donations from the previous performances as well as from our private sponsors who support Invisible City directly (here is how you can become one).

What the campaign receives above the 100 euro mark, we share with the artist in equal parts. In this way, we provide a guaranteed income to the artist while staying sustainable and helping more artists run more wonderful gigs.

How do I pay in my currency?

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