Chico Baião: Serpente de Fogo | Documentary

Chico Baião: Serpente de Fogo | Documentary

This story is about the life of Chico Baião – an artist from Alentejo, who lived between 1951 and 2000. The artist left a huge musical mark in the 90s, especially in Alentejo, w...

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This story is about the life of Chico Baião – an artist from Alentejo, who lived between 1951 and 2000. The artist left a huge musical mark in the 90s, especially in Alentejo, with the company of his band: “Ortigões”.

This story is about the life and work of Chico Baião – musician, composer and actor from Alentejo, who lived between 1951 and 2000. The artist left a huge musical mark in the 90s, especially in Alentejo, with the company of his band : the “Ortigões”.

Some tracks composed by Chico Baião, such as “Serpente de Fogo”, “Agora Tentar Deixar” or “Pés Quentes” are known throughout the country, but it was in the south where there was a greater impact.

It is an expository documentary, taking into account the contextualization, the moment to make known someone's story, their motivations and particularities. However, the story, due to the theme it supports, also brings a side of reflection. The main objective of this documentary is to honor and preserve the history of this artist. There is a need to leave a historical record about a rare character, for several aspects: character, convictions and talent for the arts. On the internet, apart from the albums recorded by “Ortigões”, there is not much more information about this figure of Portuguese music.

The band's musicality ends up being a reflection of the life of its singer, who was what we call “a man of the world”. Francisco Baião lived in several countries such as England, France, Germany and Belgium, where he had several jobs, which did not prevent him from continuing to connect with music. The sound of the album “Serpente de Fogo” (1999) ends up being a mix of Rock n' Roll, Folklore, Grunge and African sounds.

In Germany, more precisely in Berlin, in the mid-80s, he recorded an album, written and performed by himself in English. “Blues of this Moment” is also a reflection of the experiences he experienced while traveling around Europe. This is an album that very few people know about, as it has not yet been published on any platform.

The brilliant lyrics written by Chico Baião address the most varied themes, from the fight against drugs and alcohol, environmental problems such as “holes in the ozone”, respect for nature, racism, to more mundane themes such as love and the friendship. The lyrics are the result of the life experience and worldview of Chico Baião – a man who enchanted anyone he had the pleasure of sharing with him. The stories we will tell will be a portrait of this.

About the author

Coletivo Barafunda is the promoter of this project. Created in 2019, Barafunda is a collective of young people linked to communication and audiovisual, with the aim of promoting their origins using images.

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The collection of audiovisual records for the documentary began in 2021, driven by Diogo Tomás and Filipe Carvalho, where to date they have carried out 20 interviews with family and friends of the artist, Francisco Baião.

This crowdfunding serves to cover costs that have existed to date, such as travel and food.

The main objective of this documentary is to pay homage to this figure of Portuguese music, born in Vila Nova da Baronia, a parish in the municipality of Alvito, in the district of Beja, where the members of Coletivo Barafunda, who will produce this film, are also from.

The idea of carrying out this project arose from two points: the insufficient historical records about Chico Baião, combined with the mark that the work of Chico and the Ortigões left to this day, in which younger generations continue to listen and appreciate the art they made.

Budget and due dates

April, 2021 - Start of pre-production of the project (Research and first contacts with testimonies)

September 4, 2021 - Fill Maximus - Interview

December 4, 2021 - Tarot Baião - Interview

January 5, 2022 - Ursula “Uchi” Fechner Baião - Interview

March 7, 2022 - Luis Beco- Interview

April 2, 2022 - Moz Carrapa - Interview

August 23, 2022 - Rui Alves - Interview

September 22, 2022 - Paulo Colaço - Interview and Musical Performance

September 24, 2022 - Ana Castelo - Interview

November 24, 2022 - Tarot Baião - Interview

December 20, 2022 - António Zapata - Interview

December 27, 2022 - Ursula “Uchi” Fechner Baião - Interview

December 29, 2022 - Ivo Otto Baião - Interview

January 6, 2023 - B-Roll

January 16, 2023 - Luisa Fechner Baião - Interview

February 10, 2023 - Luís Queimado - Interview

February 14, 2023 - Luís Garcia - Interview

February 17, 2023 - Miguel Madeira - Interview

March 9, 2023 - Mark Cain - Interview

March 23, 2023 - Purity Pinto Leite - Interview

July 26, 2023 - Jorge Machado - Interview

September 5, 2023 - Zé Ricado Mira - Interview

January 30, 2024 - Joca Machado - Interview

These were the dates on which audiovisual records relevant to the project had already been captured.


Travel and transport: €700

Food: €300

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  • Paulo Tito Silva

    23/05/2024 - 10:06

    Parabéns meus putos por este trabalho sobre um artista e banda que (in)felizmente nasceram em Alvito do Alentejo! Um grande abraço do Tio Tito 🥰💪

  • Mariana Roberto

    22/05/2024 - 14:53

    Bora bora

  • Anonymous

    21/05/2024 - 15:03

  • Anonymous

    21/05/2024 - 14:58

  • Fragoso do Paço

    18/05/2024 - 13:27

    Vamos a isto!

  • rui veloso

    14/05/2024 - 01:02

    Grande Chico,ele merece!

  • Pedro Fernandes

    08/05/2024 - 13:50

  • Anonymous

    07/05/2024 - 10:08

  • Tiago Góis

    01/05/2024 - 09:29

    A iniciativa e o projeto estão de parabéns

  • Carolina Serranito

    11/04/2024 - 12:27

    Bora malucos ❤️

  • Vítor Hugo Candeias Lopes

    08/04/2024 - 02:05

  • Nuno Filipe Lopes dos Santos Mendes Soares

    05/04/2024 - 21:46

    Sucesso para o projeto! Gosto muito do som do Xico Baião e dos Ortigões

  • Paula Tomás

    05/04/2024 - 15:20

    Bom trabalho!

  • Gonçalo Pia

    05/04/2024 - 15:05

  • Anonymous

    04/04/2024 - 11:45


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    02/04/2024 - 13:11

  • Anonymous

    02/04/2024 - 12:56

  • Anonymous

    02/04/2024 - 11:58

  • Ivan Viegas

    02/04/2024 - 11:12

    Força para um grande projecto

  • Gabriel Bagão

    01/04/2024 - 18:07

    Viva Chico Baião!