Music from Cape Verde – Luis Morais

The song “Boas Festas” – an end-of-year soundtrack heard everywhere on the radio and in the bars and taverns of Cape Verde – was written by the famous clarinettist Luis Morais, master of an entire generation of Cape Verdean musicians.  Wherever you go, whatever you do, either the original or one of the more modern versions of “Boas Festas” will be playing, its joyful yet nostalgic beat plunging listeners into contagious, euphoric sadness. The imminence of the New Year celebrations when all cares are forgotten irresistibly conjures up the image of a friend, brother or loved one, lost forever or gone to seek a better life elsewhere… In Cape Verde, there is always time for tears and memories before laughter and song…

Luis Morais died suddenly at the age of 67 on Wednesday the 25th September 2002 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Luis Morais is a legend in the land of Cesaria Evora. Born on the 10th February 1935 in Mindelo (São Vicente Island, Cape Verde), he spent his youth in Dakar, where he first studied and learnt the rudiments and theory of music, then composition. He began to play his favourite instruments, the clarinet and saxophone (alto and tenor), at Cape Verdean dances, very fashionable in Dakar at the time. Here is the song “Boas Festas”

Music from Cape verde – Bau

Rufino Almeida (12, 1962), best known as Bau born in Midelo, Cape Verde. Bau’s father was a stringed-instrument maker in Mindelo, the port of São Vicente island, the most famous in the Archipelago since the success of Cesaria Evora, also a native of this scrap of land that is also the home of many of Cape Verde’s greatest artists and composers.

At the start of the 90s, he recorded his first album with the Mindel Band, including the first pieces he had written himself – “Mindelo” (Lusafrica) – and performed on “Mar Azul”, the album that launched Cesaria Evora in 1991. In 1994, he joined the singer’s orchestra and, two years later, became its musical director, before passing the baton to pianist Nando Andrade in 1999. From the beginning of the 90s, Bau has published 6 solo albums of a sparkling beauty. Here is the song “Filosofia”

Music of Cape Verde – Jorge Neto

Jorge Neto (born 1964) in São Tomé and Príncipe, to a São Tomean father and Cape Verdean mother from Ponta do Sol, on the island of Santo Antão. Jorge Neto, whose voice graces Cape Verdean pop hits such as “Rosinha” and “Sem ninguém,” marked modern Cape Verdean pop music both as the leader of Netherlands-based group Livity in the early 1990s and in his subsequent solo career. He is a constant presence at various festivals held throughout the year in Cape Verde and in Cape Verdean communities abroad. He suffered a stroke (see here) in November while on an airplane from the United States to Portugal. Here is the song “Sem Ninguém”

Music from France/Cape Verde – Mayra Andrade & La MC Malcriado

Here’s the nice song “Mas Amor” from Mayra Andrade, a female singer from Cape Verde and La MC Malcriado, a french rapper from Paris. Hope you’ll enjoy…

Music from Cape Verde /Portugal– Lura

Lura, born Maria de Lurdes Assunção Pina (1975 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese singer and musician, of Cape Verdean descent. Here is the song “Oh Naia”

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