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Album Review

Fantcha's dulcet tone belies the same casual beauty and beguiling, dulcet charm that makes Césaria Evora such an unforgettable vocalist. Indeed, Evora became Fantcha's mentor two decades ago. This method of singing is the enchanting "morna" style indigenous to Cape Verde. Members of Evora's group and other prominent Cape Verdean musicians back Fantcha on this album. These include her musical director, Bau, and composer and producer Paulino Vieria. These moving melodies are sung in Portuguese. The full-color CD booklet gives the words to each song in Portuguese and English along with explanatory notes. Criolinha is a collection of sadly poignant and touching songs from a gifted vocalist refined with world-class tutelage.


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A protege of the great Cape Verdean vocalist Cesaria Evora, Fantcha (born:Francelina Durao Almerida) is one of the most successful of Cape Verde 's young torch singers. Her album, Criolina, recorded in Portugal and released in 1998, was an international hit. Fantcha, whose two brothers played guitar and cavaquinhos, displayed her musical skills at a very young age. Entering the Flores De Mindela Carnival company at the age of ten, she was taken under the wing of music director Ti Goy (Gregorio...
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