Dona Zéfha is a Portuguese folklore group that includes Francisco Pestana from Monte do Trigo and Francisco Melo and Tiago Pinto de Santana from the municipality of Portel (Évora). The musicians use vocals and a regional folk guitar called viola campaniça to perform “modas” from the collection of traditional Alentejo songs (Cancioneiro Tradicional Alentejano).
The name of the trio “Os Dona Zéfha” is a tribute to an iconic woman born and raised in Portel (although now deceased) named Josefa Inácia Prego, better known as “Ceginha” or “Zéfha de Portel”. Although she was blind, she played several musical instruments, such as the viola campaniça, and sang at dance and pilgrimage events, mainly in her county and also in the Baixo Alentejo region.
The group released the recordings “A Moda da Zéfha” and “A Menina Dança, tem Par ou Descansa?
Dona Zéfha has performed throughout Portugal as well as in Canada. They have also appeared on TV shows such as “Got Talent Portugal” on RTP 1 and “All Together Now” on TVI.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music for many years. He founded the worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal Charter of World Music. Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts and Music of the World.