As O Prometido é Devido [As Promised], we’re travelling not from Porto Sentido to Porto Côvo, but rather to the home of Rui Veloso, in Almargem do Bispo, Sintra, where he welcomes Villas&Golfe for a relaxed interview, direct and unabashed. With Todo o Tempo do Mundo [All the Time in the World] we listen to Rui. And he has much to say to us. A little of everything. About his 35 year career, about politics and Portuguese leaders, about the abyss towards which, in his view, the world is walking. And just like a Cavaleiro Andante [Errant Knight], he shows his Lado Lunar [Lunar Side], confessing that As Regras de Sensatez [The Rules of Good Sense], after the April 25 Revolution, should be taken on by today’s politicians, who are taking care of Portugal. He also adds that, «we’ve already had 40 years to understand that we need a good sweeping out». With a broom in hand, or not, Rui Veloso Jura [Swears] that music isn’t as good as it used to be and is going around like a Chico Fininho [Smart-aleck] who thinks he’s a musician, or songwriter, but he isn’t. And this A Gente Não Lê [Is What We Don’t Read]. We didn’t need Um café e um Bagaço [A coffee and a liqueur] either to make this conversation flow on a Dia de Passeio [Daytrip] heading to the central-south. It is clear to see that A Paixão [the Passion] of this Estrela do Rock and Roll [Rock and Roll Star] is music.
What is special about Oporto and what connects you to the city?
The people of Oporto, of course, they are a different people from the rest of the country. I grew up there. It’s my city. It will always be my city.
What do you miss about it?
What do I miss...some things: cafés, for examples, that are no longer there. The cafés have been turned into banks. Even the barber’s has become a bank. I miss the Avenida da Boavista in its less busy days, when trams passed by. You can’t even walk there now, it’s all so confusing. I miss a calmer Oporto. All you see is tourists, like in Lisbon. There are some people that like visiting the city in the middle of this confusion and having to queue up. The other day, a museum was opened (MAAT) and people wasted hours and hours to go and see the museum for free.
«Much of it has nothing to do with music, but they call it music»
You left Oporto and came to Lisbon…
I never left Oporto or, at least, Oporto never left me (He laughs).
Over 35 years, you’ve released a lot of songs. Is there one that is most iconic for your fans?
Yes there is, A Paixão.
Chico Fininho, Anel de Rubi... will you stick with the same register?
I can’t change my voice. And now, with my age, even less so. What am I supposed to change? Nothing.
A fado song, for example…
Oh, yes, exactly. Sing a fado song (he laughs). Aren’t there enough already? There are more than enough!