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Album Review

Fantcha's dulcet tone belies the same casual beauty and beguiling, dulcet charm that makes Césaria Evora such an unforgettable vocalist. Indeed, Evora became Fantcha's mentor two decades ago. This method of singing is the enchanting "morna" style indigenous to Cape Verde. Members of Evora's group and other prominent Cape Verdean musicians back Fantcha on this album. These include her musical director, Bau, and composer and producer Paulino Vieria. These moving melodies are sung in Portuguese. The full-color CD booklet gives the words to each song in Portuguese and English along with explanatory notes. Criolinha is a collection of sadly poignant and touching songs from a gifted vocalist refined with world-class tutelage.

Customer Reviews

Hipnotizing & Beautiful

Beautifully composed, produced, and performed. Fantcha is a credit to Cape Verde's musical wealth. She shines on every song. The arrangements are quite nice. She sings in Cape Verdean Kriolu, not Portuguese. And she is definitely in the same league as Cesaria Evora (not Ovaria!!). The iTunes Album Review above is poorly written and not researched. Fantcha deserves more world-wide exposure. All of Cape Verde does. This album is deep in tradition and emotion. Perfect for aficionados of morna and coladera, and for beginners.


Wow. What a treat for the ears....even if one does not understand Criolu or Portuguese, if one listens with the heart they will be rewarded deeply by this album. Fantcha is truly a hidden gem...a taste of exotic wonderful fruit for the ears and soul


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A protege of the great Cape Verdean vocalist Cesaria Evora, Fantcha (born:Francelina Durao Almerida) is one of the most successful of Cape Verde 's young torch singers. Her album, Criolina, recorded in Portugal and released in 1998, was an international hit. Fantcha, whose two brothers played guitar and cavaquinhos, displayed her musical skills at a very young age. Entering the Flores De Mindela Carnival company at the age of ten, she was taken under the wing of music director Ti Goy (Gregorio...
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