Attending a Madonna concert in a room like the Coliseum dos Recreios gives us the impression of unprecedented intimacy. The space is small for one of the most famous women in the world. The air of having been chosen hangs, as if we were invited to meet the singer.

We notice each other obligatorily. Madonna decided that these would be free mobile phone concerts. At the entrance, the devices are placed in small opaque and inviolable bags. The audience is a crowd without its own light.

It was 21.55 hours when the curtain opened for the brave, political narrative that marks the construction of Madame X’s character, the singer’s alter ego that unfolds, as she says, between being a spy, mother, singer, ballerina, nun or prostitute. Madonna is more frontal than ever, and in her various dialogues with the public, it is clear that popularity is not unpunished and that it is urgent to defend freedom. Remember that the Portuguese had a dictator for “forty years”, we know well that freedom is a constant struggle that will never stop. It says that the artist exists to disturb. In the anecdote later you will ask what name a small penis man has. Shouting several hypotheses by the audience, she replies: “Trump”.

The new album is the essential body of the concert. There are few classics she recovers (including “Vogue”, “American Life”, “La Isla Bonita” or “Like a Prayer”). If the recipe for a good part of the songs is more or less the expected (dancers, lots of light, giving everything with a foot injury), it is when you go through the experience of life in Lisbon that the night becomes special.

“Sodade” with Dino

The presence of the Batukadeiras Orchestra, a moving female collective from Cape Verde, takes place on the theme “Batuka” and opens up a very unusual but particularly happy world music venue in Madonna’s work. Later, he will make Dino D “Santiago a sincere version of the” Sodade “theme popularized by Cesária Évora. It’s very amazing that Dino’s voice is singing the lukewarm.

Madonna speaks of the fascination with Portuguese national music, which claims to be “the most beautiful in the world”. Invites Gaspar Varela, great-grandson of Celeste Rodrigues, guitarist, and ventures in fado, even in Portuguese. Do it with grace, with sympathy. The scenery becomes a certain house of fado, where the mixing of various Latin sounds occurs.

Then there is a somewhat spiritual passage through the theme song “Frozen,” in which Madonna slips behind a big screen and the body of a dancer alludes to the song’s original video. Sensual, the dancer is Maria Lourdes, the oldest daughter of the singer. The audience reacts moved and respectful.

All her children were in the room. Esther, Stella and Mercy James danced right on stage, so did David Banda, accompanying his mother on a descent into the crowd.

In the end, Madonna went out singing and thanking the audience, passing the Colosseum entrance 4. As we got out, we still saw how the children already had the discreet car, waving briefly from the window to all those who were locked in the glass doors, waiting for the car to pull off to release us to the streets of Lisbon as well.

I think, as I expected, that more than just seeing Madonna we saw a little of what Portugal’s culture means: mestizo. Beautifully mixed race. Praised by the most famous countrywoman who came to us.

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