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This morning, the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores announced the awarding of the José da Ponte 2022 prize to Rita Redshoes for her most recent album of originals “Lado Bom”, the fifth of her discography and the first written entirely in Portuguese.
A SPA co-operator, Rita Redshoes has maintained a regular presence on stages and in the studios, consolidating a work that is now receiving another important award. The award was instituted by SPA in 2015, the year of the death of musician José da Ponte, and since then several Portuguese creators have seen their contribution to national music recognized, including Agir, Capicua, Luís Severo, Márcia and Samuel Úria.
“Lado Bom”, which Rita Redshoes assumes as her most personal record ever, was released in October. It is an album written and recorded between 2018 and 2019, in which the composer, lyricist, singer and multi-instrumentalist opens the doors of her house and defines as «a survivor, the most personal album of my career, in which I report, in the first person, one of the biggest changes in life. On the ride to motherhood, I explore unknown emotions, expose doubts, many fears, certainties and uncertainties, old and new, which allow me to have a different reading of life and my existence. Issues such as the role of women in society, now as a mother, the quality of affections received and the ability to share them, individuality, time or the fragility present in the impossibility of controlling and protecting what is outside of us that define the heartbeat of this story.
Sometimes broken, often whole, here I am (re)born as a mother and person.”