Rock in Rio Lisboa: the diary of Bárbara Tinoco, a princess who skates on stage

On a windy late afternoon, the young Bárbara Tinoco gathered a very respectable crowd on the stage of Galp Music Valley, who took part in what the singer-songwriter considered one of the concerts the most special of his life. “We waited two years to be able to say this: good afternoon, Rock in Rio!” exults the voice of ‘Outras Línguas’. During these two years, Bárbara Tinoco’s popularity skyrocketed; if, at the time of the initial invitation, the artist says she does not even realize what the festival has seen in her, she now already has an EP, an album and many concerts in her course, including in prestigious places like the coliseums. At the base of all this popularity, and the affection he receives from the public, are the songs he writes and that everyone sings, whether they watch the stage or walk around relaxed in space. In the audience there are many groups of young friends, but not only: the songs of Bárbara Tinoco, which resemble pages from the diary of a woman in search of emotional emancipation, touch the hearts of all those who accompany the lyrics of ‘Estrelas’. , ‘Sei Lá’ or ‘Lawyer’ with all the rigor and emotion.

Accompanied by a group that her boyfriend Feodor Bivol would later join, the Lisbon artist has resolutely offered herself the confessional songs that she writes, imbued with a romanticism not yet tinged with life. “Don’t talk to me about love, you’ve ruined the concept”, is the timid cry of revolt of “Other Languages”. But Bárbara Tinoco’s music, played on a pastel-toned stage surrounded by purple cats and white balloons, is always harmonious and peaceful, even when it reflects the inevitable upheavals of love. “It’s a song I wrote when I was very sad”, he reveals about the hit “Sei Lá”. “When I’m sad, I like to get to the bottom. But if I have to be sad, at least make some money out of it!” he joked. Later, she will admit to having repeated all the little speeches that preceded the songs, having been betrayed by her nervousness in the ‘explanation’ of ‘Carta de Guerra’, a dedication to her grandparents and the letters they received. exchanged when his grandfather João was in the Colonial War. Although at some point I took a Ukrainian flag, there is no political intention here. The songs the audience sings along to are personal and communicable, dealing more with matters of the heart than the pain of the world. In ‘Tragedy’, for example, the storyteller alludes to little dramas like “eating salad, using tampons or meeting ex-boyfriends’ new girlfriends”…

In ‘Gisela’, one of the songs closest to the neo-traditional universe of her hero Miguel Araújo, Bárbara Tinoco enters the scene on a skateboard, to immediately introduce her boyfriend to the public, whom she describes as ” fart, stupid!” , she exclaims, surprised at the sunflowers she receives from her companion and with him singing the first song they wrote together, ‘In another Life’.

For the end, I wanted to keep the song “with which it all began”: ‘Avant Ela Dizer que Sim’, the theme of his work which, in 2018, was challenged by the jury of the show “The Voice ” to share . The theme did not earn her victory in the competition, but it showed that, more than a singer, Bárbara Tinoco had the voice and the vein of a songwriter. In 2022, there is a small but solid songbook that the audience of Rock in Rio Lisboa sang, with all the heat possible, in this windy twilight. Barbara left the scene happy, and with every reason for it. As one of the greats would say, “there is nothing more precious” than getting into the ears of fans.

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