Welcome to the homepage of TUNA DE MEDICINA DENTÁRIA DO PORTO - an academic musical group from Oporto University's Faculty of Dentistry (Portugal)!

 

Here you can read a brief introduction to what is, in fact, a Tuna, who are the Tunos, why do we dress like 19th century gentlemen and rove the streets like 21th century homeless, and a little resume of our own history! If you find it interesting, feel free to browse our photos (fotografia), videos, lyrics and recordings of our songs (música). Our contacts are on the header (please add the country code +351 to the telephone number).

TOUR DATES

* August 2011 - Monaco, Cannes, Nice, Saint-Tropez, Castellón de la Plana, Madrid

* August 2010 - Brussels, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Hanover, Köln, Burgos

* March/April 2010 - Paris

* August 2009 - Barcelona (Spain), Genoa, Florence (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Munich (Germany), Paris (France)

THE TUNAS

The oldest say that Tunas are a centuries old phenomenon, in fact medieval, with its origins on the first Latin Universities. The poorer students (the so-called “sopistas”), unable to pay for food, roamed the night dressed in black (to avoid the night patrols), playing to win some soup (which they gathered on a big wooden spoon, nowadays a ritualistic symbol).

 

As centuries passed by and soup became more abundant, the Tunas’ members (the Tunos) found some new and quite interesting uses to their musical wandering, serenading the beautiful “donzelas” (fair ladies) by their windows to receive a token of their love, such as a rose or a scarf. Much as evolved since then, but the romantic essence of the Tunas remained the same.

 

Today Tunas are an academic tradition in Latin countries (mostly Portugal, Spain and Latin America). Pretty much like a soccer team, many colleges have their own bohemian Tuna, dressed in the University’s traditional uniform and the college colors (like red for Law School, Blue for Sciences, Yellow for Medical School, "Brick-brown" for Engineering, and our colors, Yellow/Dark-yellow for Dentistry). A wide range of traditional instruments are used, the most emblematic being the “Bandolins”, the “Bandurrias”, classical guitars, accordeons, violins, among others. Also quite typical are the “Pandeiretas”, acrobat-like dancers which play their elabored choreographies with tambourines, and the “Porta-Estandartes” (flag-carriers), showcasing the Tuna’s flag in sometimes spectacular dances accompanied by the music.

TUNA DE MEDICINA DENTÁRIA DO PORTO

Our own story begun in 1997, with a disorganized group assembled in haste to perform a serenade to a nowadays long-forgotten “donzela”.

The newborn ensemble, known then by the name Dentuna, faced inumerous hardships to survive: belonging to a small

college (dentistry) with many “donzelas” but few males resulted in a insurmountable shortness of members, instruments, songs, and just about everything except the spirit that embodied our medieval ancestors. However, things changed in 2006 - a new wave of motivated members ended that somber cycle and founded a new era with a new group - the Tuna de Medicina Dentária do Porto - reaching for grounds never stepped before. Nowadays a solid group, we strive to pursue the tradition of those before us, still roaming the night, still serenading the most beautiful donzelas, still spreading joy to the passing audiences. And as long as there are windows to play for and smiles to glance to we shall continue the long-lived tradition.

 

Magister Jubilatus João "Cojones" Alves