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Album Review

Singer/songwriter Tcheka might be from Cape Verde, but he defies comparison with other artists from the islands. There's a very African quality to his music, much of it based around the local rhythm of bataque, which originally developed to circumvent the ban of drums. But that doesn't define him. What he has to offer is completely individual, a sound that's his alone, passionate and at times quite frantic, as on "Djan Bedja," but also capable of a hypnotic tenderness, which he ably displays on "Talulu." Throughout, there's a strong rhythmic base to his music, much of which comes from his particular style of guitar playing (full marks too to lead guitarist Hernani Almeida, who provides some stunningly melodic solos and fills). The backing group is spare, but there's a richness to the arrangements to means they never sound empty; there's plenty of space, but it feels airy. Apart from being a highly accomplished writer (he's contributed songs to the debut by Lura), he's also one hell of a singer, with an expressive voice that can easily frame pain ("Agonia") or the longing of "Kre Ka Nha." Astonishingly good and unique, Tcheka is a name to watch.

Customer Reviews

Master piece

Tcheka captures the soul of Cape Verde through the sound of his acoustic guitar, and his soothing yet strong voice. This CD is a must. Great work. Sempre força

Fantastic Talent from Cape Verde

Just returned home from seeing Tcheka in concert along with Cesoria Evora. His onstage performance was so fantastic, I had to buy the album. Absolutely great!

nu monda

Heard him last night at nob hill masonic center and he was amazing. what style and grace. very easy listening with a lot of soulful feeling. a must!


Born: July 20, 1973 in Santiago, Cape Verde

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Tcheka was born Manuel Lopes Andrade on July 20, 1973, on the island of Santiago in the Cape Verde archipelago, the son of violinist Nho Raul Andrade. He began to perform with his father while still a child. At age 15, he turned to the style of batuque, developing his own modern version of the traditional rhythm from the island of his birth. He released his first album, Argui! ("rise" or "stand up"), through the Lusafrica label...
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