Portuguese heart-throb Leandro in Australia this week

Australia has a large multicultural community thanks to the various waves of new immigrants that have arrived, particularly since the second world war, and as a result we often get treated to a wide range of visiting singers, artists and performers. The bigger names such as Italians Laura Pausini (who is coming to Sydney and Melbourne next February) and Eros Ramazzotti, who toured last November, and the likes of Cape Verdean Cesária Évora (in 2008) and Brazilian Marisa Monte (2007) can fill out the bigger venues in the major cities, such as the Entertainment Centre or Opera House in Sydney and the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, but unfortunately their albums or singles  rarely make an impression on the local music charts.

LeandroThen there is a secondary circuit made of more intimate venues such as municipal halls, community clubhouses and RSL clubs where, thanks to local publicity – suburban newspapers, posters on restaurant walls etc – overseas artists can wow the local ethnic community. This week Portuguese singer Leandro, best known for his ballads of anguished unrequited love, will be doing the rounds of the latter, with concerts in Sydney, Melbourne and Wollongong to promote his latest album, Para Sempre (Forever), which was released last year. He is very popular in Portugal, not just for his looks (he is now 27, but still has a boyish voice), but also because – from what I gather, I don’t know the exact details – he lost his parents early and along with other relatives had to bring up his younger siblings. He will be doing interview with broadcaster SBS when he arrives in Australia. (There is also a Brazilian singer called Leandro of Leandro & Leonardo fame).

Here is one of the songs from the Para Sempre album.

Details of the concerts are:

SYDNEY:  Friday, November 14. Burwood RSL, Doors open 7pm, starts at 8pm. Tickets available from Fernandes Patisserie in Dulwich Hill (02) 9568 2114, or the promoter, M. Neves (02) 9716 8830.

MELBOURNE: Saturday, November 15. St Matthew’s, 95 William Street, Fawkner. Doors open 5.30pm, starts at 7pm. Tickets S. Tavares 0401 179 167.

WOLLONGONG: Sunday, November 16. South Coast Portuguese Association community centre, 127 Flagstaff Road, Warrawong. Doors open 2pm, starts at 3pm. Tickets, J. Alves, 0412 105 302.

Here’s another track from a few years back.


Other Portuguese artists coming in the months ahead are Zé Amaro (December), and fado singer Liana (next February). The promoter of Leandro’s concert, M. Neves, tells me that two of my favourite Portuguese singers, José Alberto Reis and Luis Felipe Reis – no, they are not related – will also be coming in 2015. I saw Luis Felipe Reis about four or five years ago at my local RSL, and he was very impressive, it was a great concert.


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