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Azulando

Teofilo Chantre

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Album Review

Teofilo Chantre is probably best known for the songs of his that the incomparable Césaria Evora has recorded. But he's also a very gifted performer, as Azulando (in actual fact his fourth — or possibly fifth — album) makes clear. While from Cape Verde, he's a longtime Parisian who's absorbed plenty of styles, and is equally adept at them all, whether extracting the morna from a ballad swinging on some rumba, or even venturing into chamber music. Evora and Angolan Bonga lend their talents to the disc, but in truth they're hardly needed. Chantre's wispy voice works perfectly on his material, bolstered by his astonishingly good guitar work that swings even in the gentlest mood, quite capable of offering a gentle lilt. He even essays a French lyric to good effect, but it's in Portuguese that he's completely at home, carrying a rare beauty and poignancy in his tone. He may not be in Evora's class as a singer, but on the evidence of this, he's not far behind, and when it comes to songwriting, there are few to even touch him.

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Cape Verdean guitarist, songwriter, and singer Teofilo Chantre was introduced to world music audiences via his compositions, many of which were popularized by the great Césaria Évora. Later in his career Chantre used that momentum and recognition to launch his career as a performer. Teofilo Chantre was born in 1964 on the island of Sao Nicolau, later moving to São Vicente. He was surrounded by music and arts early on, brought up by a father who was a renowned lyricist in Cape Verde's bustling arts...
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