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With her ethereal voice, percussive guitar and undeniable songwriting talent, Sara Tavares breathes new life into the crioulo musical style with each album. On 2006's Balancê, she imbues the sultry "Poka Terra" with Angolan semba rhythms, and she instills the moody "Planeta Sukri" with Cape Verdean coladeira beats that contrast beautifully with her delicate vocal. All the while, she bends her traditional Afro-Portuguese sound into a subtly modern pop format that's hard to resist.


Born: 1978 in Lisbon, Portugal

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

Afro-Portuguese songwriter Sara Tavares was born in 1978 and brought up in Lisbon. Second-generation Portuguese of Cape Verdean decent, Sara was brought up by an elderly matriarch in her community after her father left for the States in search of a better life, her mother having traveled south in pursuit of the same ends. Sara showed great musical promise from a young age, a potential that was cultivated and bore fruit while Tavares was still in her teens. Winning the Endemol song contest Chuva de...
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