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”
Neyma Julio Alfredo (born 6 May 1979) is a Mozambican singer, born in Maputo. Neyma’s passion for music began at a young age where she sang at various events in and around Maputo.However, her breakthrough came when she was given a recording contract and in 1999 released her first album, Brigas. It featured the popular singles “Brigas”, “Mae virtude mais bela” and the well received single, “Praia feliz”, which won her much publicity.
In the summer of 2005, Neyma released Arromba, her most popular album to date which sold more than 40,000 copies in Mozambique alone and had an outstanding sale internationally. The album was well received in Angola, Cape Verde, and Portugal. The album features the self titled single, Arromba which is kizomba genre. Another single off the album which was well received was Lirrandzo, which turned out to be the most popular song the year, and Arromba turned out to be the summer anthem of 2005. Here is the song “Como Anima a Marrabenta”
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”