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Navega

Mayra Andrade

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Album Review

Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade has enjoyed a very healthy climb to stardom with this impressive debut. Certainly the last thing anyone thinks of when listening to her is a comparison with her countrywoman Césaria Évora. But Andrade hasn't rushed into the studio to record — this album has had a six-year gestation. This is revealed right from the start, as the subtle "Dimokransa" shows the influence of Brazil in a transparently obvious but beautifully fashioned manner — there's definite sophistication at work here. But that's not to say she ignores her roots — far from it, as she proves with "Dispidia," "Nha Nobréza," and the title cut, with all derived airily from her native land. Even when she moves into French, as she does on "Comme S'il en Pleuvait," the rootedness of the music is apparent, and the connection with Brazil is perfectly natural. Andrade herself exudes a lovely, passionate warmth in her singing, and a very easy command that sidles rather than leaps out of the speakers. She has quality, and even more important, that elusive star quality. The next release will be major, no doubt about it.

Biography

Born: 1985 in Cuba

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Cape Verdean songstress and author Mayra Andrade made a name for herself as a songwriter and performer in her adolescence. By her early twenties she was an established talent, known throughout the Parisian world music scene for her keen writing and adept vocals. Mayra spent her earliest years globetrotting. Born in Cuba, she moved to Senegal, then Angola, followed by Germany, before settling on her parent's native island of Cape Verde. By her early teens Mayra displayed significant talent. Her victory...
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  • 6,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music, Latino
  • Released: 01 January 1955

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