This week's My City takes us to The White City, Lisbon. Our tour guide this week is one of the leading figures in modern reggae, Richie Campbell. After gaining support from the likes of David Rodigan and Red Bull Music Academy, Richie is now enjoying the release of his very own LP, In The 876, with some huge collaborations, including Agent Sasco, a regular feature on Kanye West and Kendrick Lemar tracks.
With such an infectious and upbeat sound, we wondered how his home city of Lisbon has influenced his music. So, to answer that question we've called on his services to and asked him to take us on a trip around Lisbon to discover the places we can find Richie Campbell in his free time.
Where’s the first place you visit when you return home from abroad?
Well first of all home! But the second thing I need is some Portuguese food, so I have to stop by Ramiro, a typical Portuguese food/sea food restaurant where I know I'm going to feel at home instantly.
Where’s the best place for a first date?
For a first date I would probably head over to Cascais to the Farol Design Hotel and have some Sushi, you can't beat the view nor the food.
Where’s your preferred place to chill and clear your head?
Driving down the Marginal (a road by the ocean that connects Cascais to Lisbon) is enough to clear my head and you can always stop and chill on any of the beaches you come across.
Where serves the best breakfast?
The Padaria Portuguesa which you can find in different areas of Portugal has everything a portuguese breakfast should have!
Where’s your favourite place to party?
Wherever there's a Reggae dance happening. If there's none, there's really no discussion, LUX Fragil is the best club in Lisbon.
Where’s your favourite place to have a quiet drink?
I recently found this fairly new rooftop bar called Park, you can see the whole of Lisbon from there while you chill and have a drink.
How would you describe your city’s style?
Lisbon is a very old and traditional city that's going through a major cultural evolution at the moment, there is always something happening somewhere, whether it's about food, drinking or music, entertainment is not hard to find.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
Bairro Alto in the center of Lisbon is definitely the place you can find everything for every style.
Do you have a fact about your city not a lot of people know?
A great part of Lisbon that was built after the great earthquake of 1755 stands on a wooden structure which was flooded on purpose in order to preserve the wood for centuries. You can get a glimpse of this structure every Thursday at the Millenium BCP Bank building when they open their basement to the public where you can see some of these old pine wood structures underwater.
What song sums up your city?
Mariza - Gente Da Minha Terra