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Album Review

Cape Verde (located off the coast of Senegal) is an archipelago of ten small islands first colonized by Portuguese explorers in 1462. Because of the difficulty and expense of travel between the islands, each has developed a unique culture and dialect, as well as a distinctive musical tradition. Césaria Évora, from the island of Sao Vicente, is the country's most famous musical export, but Lura (who grew up in Lisbon, but whose family comes from Santiago) is poised to bring another flavor of Cape Verdean singing to the world's attention. Her debut album offers a mesmerizing and intoxicating blend of Portuguese lyrics and instrumental flavors and Cape Verdean melodies and rhythms, all of it unified by one of the richest, strongest voices to have come from the Cape Verdean community in years. These songs all vary in tempo from slow and swaying to a medium boil, but even when the tempo picks up (as on the rippling "Vazulina"), the effect remains one of relaxation and calm, confident sensuality. Highlight tracks include the call-and-response celebration "Na Ri Na," the sad and gorgeous "Nha Vida," and a loping, melancholy number called "So Um Cartinha." The album comes with a densely packed companion DVD that includes concert footage, videos for "Na Ri Na" and "Vazulina," a photo gallery, and an interview. Very highly recommended.

Biography

Born: 1975 in Lisbon, Portugal

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Portuguese singer Lura was born Maria de Lurdes Pina Assunago in Lisbon in 1975 as the daughter of parents from the Cape Verde islands of São Tiago and Santo Antão, and raised in the Creole section of the city. As a teenager, she pursued a career in sports education, but she left that behind when she was hired as a dancer and backup singer for Juka. After a duet with Bonga and partnerships with Tito Paris and Paulino Vieira, she was signed as a solo artist to Lusafrica. Although an album called In...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 08 June 2004

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