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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.

Customer Reviews

Bravo iTunes!

I am thrilled with the addition of more and more talented Capeverdian artists to the iTunes library! This young lady is an incredibly talented vocalist who enlists the musical expertise of another CV legend, Boy Ge Mendes, as well as others. Capeverdian music is not just Cesaria Evora, who is undoubtedly the most well-known, but new and young talents like Sara Tavares, who appears to be on her way to being another "musical ambassador" from the small islands of Cape Verde, nha terra... Viva Cabo Verde. Buy this CD. You won't be disappointed.

Cape Verdean soul: a great mix

I first heard Sara Tavares on Joy Denalane's CD Mamani and fell in love with her voice. Her previous album is a treat but she has outdone herself: the album is soulful, mixed with Cape Verdean rhythms and even has at times a jazz feel to it (maybe it's just me). Her voice , as usual, is absolutely exquisite, and the music is just so uplifting. Like another reviewer I listen to it constantly and it never fails to touch my soul. Some favorites are "Balancê", "Planeta Sukri", "Novidadi" and the lovely duet at the end. Definitely worth it and I congratulate iTunes (another lovely Portuguese singer of Cape Verdean descent is of course Lura). Both show how the younger generation are doing exciting things with their musical heritage while creating wonderful mixes with contemporary rhythms.

Two thumbs up!

This is an album that I listen to every day. I bought the whole cd and I don't regret it one bit. My favorites are... all of them! But ESPECIALLY: Amor E. Just think... Cape Verde, tropical, portuguese, smooth and sensual. It has a great vibe, for many different moods. I reccommend it!


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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Balancê, Sara Tavares
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