As we were walking in the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, aka the Gardens of the Crystal Palace in Porto, Portugal we noticed people carrying musical instruments dressed in dresses similar to what university students wear at important official events at their schools. So we followed them in and found an open-air stage where people were getting busy for a concert. I chatted with the sound guy and learned that we were about to witness the rehearsal for FITU: “Festival Internacional de Tunas Universitárias / Cidade do Porto”, aka the “International Festival of University Tunas / City of Porto”. In case you are like me and never heard before of “Tuna” music, here is the beginning of the description from Wikipedia:
A tuna is a group of university students in traditional university dress who play traditional instruments and sing serenades. The tradition originated in Spain and Portugal in the 13th century as a means of students to earn money or food. Nowadays students don’t belong to a “tuna” for money nor food, but seeking to keep a tradition alive, for fun, to travel a lot and to meet new people from other universities.
I recommend reading the whole entry; it is fascinating. The group we stumbled upon was from Granada, Spain: Tuna del Distrito Universitario de Granada . Enjoy their song, titled “Si Nos Dejan” (“If they let us”) below. We couldn’t stay for the festival itself as that started at 9 PM. (You can buy their CD or download their music from Amazon.