Posts Tagged ‘Cape Verde’

playlist #116 (5/24/10)-africa, pt. 3

May 24, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #116 – The latest installment in our occasional series exploring the multitude of sounds from Africa
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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African Vision: Africa / African Vision / Ethno World Music 4008 – (WORLD FUSION)
Baloji: Tout Ceci Ne Vous Rendra Pas Le Congo / Kinshasa Succursale / EMI 68613 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Mahotella Queens: Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) / Sound Offerings from South Africa, vol. 2 / Gallo Record Company 632 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Atongo Zimba: Guuse, en sugro / Barefoot In The Sand / Hippo Records 1055 – (GHANA)
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The Anambra Beats: Ayamma / Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues / Soundway 9 – (NIGERIA)
Trio Tambours: Oust / Port du Capricorne / http://www.runmusic.com (demo) – (LA RÉUNION)
Chiwoniso: Karima (Planting) / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE)
Victor Démé: Deni Mouke Ila / Victor Démé / Chapa Blues 2008 – (BURKINA FASO)
Bako Dagnon: Bélébélé / Titati / Discograph 6099245 – (MALI)
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The LA Drivers Union Por Por Group: Por Por Akwaaba (Welcome) / Por Por Honk Horn Music from Ghana / Smithsonian Folkways 40531 – (GHANA)
(Four Shi musicians from the Bantu Tribe in Congo): Uni Urmi / Music of the Shi People / Alula Origins 5008 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars: Watching All Your Ways / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW*
Master Drummers of Africa: Imichingo (Dust Devil) / Master Drummers of Africa, vol. 2: Ubuntu / Arc Music 2280 – (TANZANIA, GHANA, etc.) *NEW*
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Maria de Barros: Funana Ca Tem Frontera / Morabeza / Sheer Group 2009 – (CAPE VERDE)
Lulendo: Angola / Angola / Buda Musique 2005 – (ANGOLA)
Ba Cissoko featuring Tiken Jah Fakoly: Africa / Electric Griot Land / 3D Family Music 2005 – (MALI)
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Tarika: Koba / Rough Guide to the Indian Ocean / Rough Guide 1086 – (MADAGASCAR)
Ghorwane: Mayvavo / Mozambique Relief / Naxos World 76019 – (MOZAMBIQUE)
Manou Gallo: Chanter L’Amour (Love Song) / Manou Gallo / Zig Zag World 1 – (IVORY COAST)
Papa Wemba: Esclave (Slave) / Molokai / Real World 2373 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
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Issa Bagayogo: Touba / Tassoumakan / Six Degrees 6570361103 – (MALI)
Terakaft: Arghane Manine / Akh Issudar / World Village 468084 – (MALI) *(written by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, lead singer from Tinariwen)
Habib Koité: Africa / Afriki / Cumbancha 5 – (MALI)
Dobet Gnahoré: Têlo Dé / Na Afriki (My Africa) / Cumbancha 4 – (IVORY COAST)
Orchestra Baobab: Papa Ndiaye / Made in Dakar / World Circuit 433788 – (SENEGAL)
The Waves Band: Angba Langar / Only A Dream / Kelele Records / 31004 – (SEYSCHELLES ISLANDS)

playlist #97 (1/4/2010)-island vacation getaway

January 11, 2010

Boracay Island, Philippines (photo by Banshee0101)

World of Music
Pgm #97 – When the mercury heads south so does the music. It’s the annual island music special today!
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open – (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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The Brothers Cazimero: Hawaiian Paradise / Hawaiian Paradise / Mountain Apple Company 2013 – (HAWAII)
Bobby & Angelo: E Iti Taurua / Islands / Putumayo 129 – (TAHITI)
Sara Tavares: Sumanai / Xinti / 4Q World Connection 1818 – (CAPE VERDE)
Andy Narell and Relator: Gavaskar / University of Calypso / Heads Up 3168 – (TRINIDAD)
Steel Pulse: Steppin’ Out / Earth Crisis / Elektra 60315 – (JAMAICA)
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Anastasia Moutsatsou: Pino Pino / Greece: A Musical Odyssey / Putumayo 225 – (GREECE)
Cesaria Evora: Cumpade Ciznone  / Miss Perfumado / Windham Hill 18103 – (CAPE VERDE)
Cachao: Mi Guajira (My Country Girl) / Master Sessions Volume I / Crescent Moon 64320 – (CUBA)
Calypso Rose: Rum & Coca-Cola / Calypso @ Dirty Jim’s / EMI 5634790 – (TRINIDAD)
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Ramito: Amanecer Borincano / Los Pares de Franca vol. 6 / Ansonia Records 1397 – (PUERTO RICO)
Puerto Plata (feat. Guitarist Edilio Paredes): Mujer de Cabaret / Mujer de Cabaret / iASO 2 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Marcia Griffiths: Sea of Love / Truly / Heartbeat 11661 – (JAMAICA)
Les Kings: Oriza / Tumbélé / Soundway 17 – (MARTINIQUE)
Pulpo: Intense!! / Pulpo’s Hot Bread / The Mambo Project 801 – (PUERTO RICO)
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Gurejele: Watolea / South Pacific Islands / Putumayo 231 – (NEW CALEDONIA)
Black Uhuru: Peace & Love / Now / Mesa 79021 – (JAMAICA)
Kaya: Sensé / The Rough Guide to Music of the Indian Ocean / Rough Guide 1086 – (MAURITIUS)
Black Rose: Raude / Why take a plane? / Oceania Records 1 – (FIJI)
Sunshiners: Modern Love / Sunshiners / BMG 21074 – (OCEANIA)
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The New Islanders: Caribbean Cruise / Music of the Caribbean / Intersound 8906 – (TRINIDAD)
Henri Debs: Guantanamera / Mega Zouk / Stemra 3005012 – (GUADELOUPE)
Maria de Barros: Funana Ca Tem Frontera / Morabeza / Sheer Group 2009 – (CAPE VERDE)
The Waves Band: Anba Langar / Only A Dream / Take ONE Tonstudio 31003 – (SEYCHELLES ISLANDS)
Bernard Uedre: Si Celé / Si Celé / Mangrove 1470 – (NEW CALEDONIA)
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Terese Bright: Hame Pila / A Gallery / Pumehana Records 4935 – (HAWAII)
Bob Marley: Jammin’ / Legend / Island 1290169 – (JAMAICA)
Julian Marley: Sunshine / A Time & Place / Tugg Gong International 54610 – (JAMAICA)
Sunshiners: Woman / Welkam Bak Long Vanuatu / Ter A Terre 21 – (OCEANIA)
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playlist #94 (12/21/2009)-mo’ holidays & 2009 year-end review

December 21, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #94 – Holiday sounds & 2009 year-end review (pt. III)
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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El Pacto: La Caravana / La Liga (Latin artist music sampler) / Mamut Produciones 2009 – (VENEZUELA) *2009 RELEASE*
Marta Gómez: Como Un Secreto / Entre Cada Palabra / Chesky 301 – (COLOMBIA) *2009 RELEASE*
Ismael Rivera: Navidad de Nuevo / Feliz Navidad / Fania 773130180 – (PUERTO RICO)
Pelay: Carnival or Christmas / Christmas Lucian Style / VCD 339 – (ST. LUCIAN, WEST INDIES)
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11 Acorn Lane: Le Sexe Au Téléphone / Painting Coconuts / http://www.11acornlane.com 2009 – (FRANCE) *2009 RELEASE*
Emily Loizeau: The Princess and The Toad / Pays Sauvage / Opendisc 531407 – (FRANCE) *2009 RELEASE*
Les Triaboliques: Black Earth Boys / rivermudtwilight / World Village 468088 –  (UK/WORLD FUSION) *2009 RELEASE*
A.R. Rahman & Chinmayee: Tere Bina / India / Putumayo 288 – (INDIA) *2009 RELEASE*
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Woody Phillips: Ding Dong Merrily on High / A Toolbox Christmas / Gourd Music 124 – (USA)
Oliver Lake Steel Quartet: Santa Baby / Have Yourself A Merry… / Passin’ Thru Records 41216 – (USA)
Houseman (from Galactic): Pimp My Sleigh / Christmas Gumbo / Flambeau Records 3344 – (N’AWLINS)
Sinsemilia: Le Retour des Cowboys / En Quête de Sens / http://www.sinsemilia.com 2009 – (FRANCE) *2009 RELEASE*
Agnese Manganaro: Ferma e Piccola / Mille Petali / Irma Records 846 – (ITALY) *2009 RELEASE*
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Looking ahead to 2010 – three new releases coming out soon in the new year:
Ulla Pirttijärvi: Leammi / Arctic Paradise / Arctic 2010 – (FINLAND) *2010 PREVIEW*
Angelique Kidjo: Kelele / Oyo / (demo) N/A – (BENIN) *2010 PREVIEW*
Razia Said: Omama (sung in the native language of Betsimisaraka) / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha Discovery (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *2010 PREVIEW*
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Ingrid Lucia: Zat You, Santa Claus? / New Orleans Christmas / Putumayo 256 – (N’AWLINS)
Sarah Taylor & Bill Mumy: I’ve Got Some Presents for Santa / I’ve Got Some Presents for Santa / Rhino 74447 –  (USA)
HK Crew featuring K11NA: Tatangi (Jingle Bells) / Meri Kirihimete / Jayrem Records 389 – (NEW ZEALAND)
Cyril Pahinui: Mele Kalikimaka / Kihō’alu Christmas / Dancing Cat Records 38037 – (HAWAII)
Solly Burton: Greensleeves / Oasis Acoustic Radio Sampler / Oasis Volume VIII #6 – (USA)
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Enzo Avitabile: Amaro Nunn’êss”a Essere Màje / Enzo Avitabile in Napoletana / Folk Club Ethnosuoni 5378 – (ITALY) *2009 RELEASE*
Maria do Barros: Funana Ca Tem Frontera / Morabeza / Sheer Group 2009 – (CAPE VERDE) *2009 RELEASE*
MC Yogi featuring Krishna Das: Rock On Hanuman / Elephant Power / White Swan Records 83 – (INDIA) *2009 RELEASE*
Los Straitjackets: Let It Snow / Tis The Season For Los Straitjackets / YepRoc 2041 – (NASHVILLE)
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Daby Touré & Skip McDonald: Riddem / Call My Name / Real World Records 37005 – (MAURITANIA / USA) *2009 RELEASE*
Maria Bethânia: Feita Na Bahia / Encanteria / Quitauda 18 – (BRAZIL)  *2009 RELEASE*
Ivan Lins:  Boas Festas / Um Novo Tempo / Abril Music 1107019 – (BRAZIL)
Gary Walker & The Boogie Kings: Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag / Louisiana Christmas / Jin 9039 –  (N’AWLINS)
Gipsy Kings: Navidad / World Christmas / Metro Blue 36928 – (SPAIN)
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playlist #83 (9/28/2009) – new (musical) styles for fall

September 28, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #83 – New (musical) styles for fall
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Te Vaka: Sei Ma La Losa (This Flower and This Rose) / South Pacific Islands / Putumayo 231 – (NEW ZEALAND/SAMOA)
Les Triaboliques: black earth boys / rivermudtwilight / World Village 468088 – (UK/WORLD FUSION) *NEW*
Tinariwen: Imazeghen n Adagh (Touareg of the Adagh) / Imidiwan (Companions) / World Village 468096 – (WESTERN SAHARA) *NEW*
Jon Balke & Amina Alaoui: Ya Safwati / Siwan / ECM 2042 – (NORWAY/MOROCCO) *NEW*
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Rhythms del Mundo featuring Augusto Enriquez: Bohemian Rhapsody / RDM Classics / Decca 13188 – (CUBA) *NEW*
Izaline Calister: Telenovela (Soap Opera) / Krioyo / Network 26258 – (CURAÇAO)
Hadouk Trio: Tourneblues / Baldamore / Naïve 812891 – (FRANCE/MAURITANIA) *NEW*
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Sara Tavares: Di Alma / Xinti / 4Q World Connection 1818 – (CAPE VERDE) *NEW*
Kimi Djabaté: Bagi / Karam / Cumbancha Discovery 12 – (GUINEA-BISSAU) *NEW*
Pascal Parisot: Bip! / Les Pieds Dans La Plat / Traffix Music 2008 – (FRANCE)
Los Van Van: Soy Normal, Natural / Lo Ultimo En Vivo / Qbadisc 9020 – (CUBA)
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Elk Soldier: For the Elders (sung in Nakota) / The Elk Dreamers / Canyon Records 6453 – (NATIVE AMERICAN: LAKOTA SIOUX)
The Shi People (Bantu): Uni Urmi / Music of the Shi People / Alula Origins 5008 – (ZAIRE)
Lila Downs: Los Pollos / Shake Away / EMI 92437 – (MEXICO)
Kristi Stassinopoulou: Strong Winds Blockade / The Secrets of the Rocks / Tinder Records 861142 – (GREECE)
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Atongo Zimba: Deingo Sanga (We’re Having a Party) / Barefoot In The Sand / HiPPO Records 71055 – (GHANA)
Kailash Kher & Kailasa: Kaise Main Kahoon (How Do I Say It?) / Yatra (Nomadic Souls) / Cumbancha Discovery 14 – (INDIA) *NEW*
Stewart Sukuma: Kadivaé Mõnõ / Mozambique Relief / Naxos World 76019 – (MOZAMBIQUE)
Chiwoniso: Wakashinga / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE)
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Debashish Bhattacharya: Milaap / O Shakuntala! / Riverboat Records 1053 – (INDIA) *NEW*
Emily Loizeau: Le Coeur d’un Géant (Heart of a Giant) / Pays Sauvage / Opendisc-Polydor     531407 – (FRANCE) *NEW*
Cristobal Perez y Su Conjunto: La Negra Celina / The Rough Guide to Cumbia / Rough Guide 1043 – (COLOMBIA)
Black Uhuru: Mondays-Killer Tuesday / Liberation / Island Records 314 518 282 – (JAMAICA)
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Izaline Calister: Mi Sekreto (My Secret) / Krioyo / Network 26258 – (CURAÇAO)
Balkan Beat Box: BBBeat / Nu*Med / Jdub 106 – (ISRAEL / BROOKLYN, NY)
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playlist #75 (6/15/2009)-Great grooves and new tunes

June 15, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #75 – 6/15/09 – Great grooves and new world music
Listen online Mondays 3-5pm EDT at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)’
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Eric Carbonara: The Collective Rot of Burning Beauty / Maidens of Mullik / Nada Sound Studio 2009 – (INDIA/USA)
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Maria de Barros: Djam Crebu Ma N’Ca Ta Frabu / Morabeza / TerreMar Music 2009 – (CAPE VERDE) *NEW*
Gilsmedo: Paz / Cabopop / Harmonia 23972 – (CAPE VERDE)
Olivia Byington: Eu Nunca Fui à Bahia / Olivia Byington / Mandrake 687 – (BRAZIL)
Sarazino: People / Ya Foy! / Cumbancha N/A – (ALGERIA/ECUADOR/CANADA) * NEW – not yet released, coming out in August *
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Ludovic & Kruno: Take the “A” Train / Philadelphie Sur Seine / Gypsy Jazz Distribution: http://www.gypsyjazz.net 2008 – (FRANCE/CROATIA)
Paname Dandies: J’t’ai dans le peau (I’ve Got You In My Skin) / Le Swing de L’Escargot / Volvox Music 703 – (FRANCE) *NEW*
Jimmy Cliff : You Can Get It (If You Really Want It) / The Harder They Come / Mango 162-539-202 – (JAMAICA)
Pistolera: No Suspires (No Sighs) / Siempre Hay Salida / http://www.pistolera.net 2006 – (MEXICO/N.Y. CITY)
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Ivo Papasov & Friends: The Contest / Thracian Rhapsody, vol. 2 / Labor 7028 – (BULGARIA)
Marco Calliari: Bella Luna / Marco Calliari / Casa Nostra (sampler) – (ITALY/CANADA)
Dobet Gnahoré: Ma Poô / Na Afriki / Cumbancha 4 – (IVORY COAST)
Eladio Romero Santos : La Muñeca / Bachata Roja / iASO 3 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
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Les Amazones de Guinée: Reine Nyepou / Wamato / Sterns Music 1106 – (GUINÉE)
De Callaos: D’Prestao / Desde Mi Balcón / http://www.decallaos.com 2008 – (SPAIN)
Gertrudis: No Me Mires Más / Gertrudis / Mass Records 50205 – (SPAIN)
Jake Shimabukuro: Let’s Dance / Live / Hitchhike Records 1109 – (USA) *NEW*
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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu: Galiku / Gurrumul / Skinnyfish Music 80201 – (AUSTRALIA)
The Idan Raichel Project featuring Marta Gómez: Todas las Palabras (All the Words) / Within My Walls / Cumbancha 10 – (ISRAEL/COLOMBIA) *NEW*
Marcel Casellas I La Principal de la Nuit: Ara és Temps / El Club Del BGI / Picap 910686 – (SPAIN)
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the ‘other’ barefoot diva

May 22, 2009
5/21/09-Maria de Barros

5/21/09-Maria de Barros (bad pic but a lovely lady!)

Maria de Barros is the god-daughter of Cape Verde’s legendary Cesaria Evora, whose comfortable presence and symbolically shoeless performance style has earned her the nickname, “the barefoot diva”.

In last night’s show, the shoes (Maria’s) came off before the first song had even hit the chorus. It took a little while for everyone in the typically polite and reserved (Vermont) audience to come around, but by the end of the evening the chairs were pushed aside and discarded shoes lined the floor at the bottom of the stage as Higher Ground’s Showcase Lounge erupted in a world-class dance party. 2009-May21-MariaDeBarros03

Maria de Barros and her band sang and danced a warm musical embrace in a performance that exuded “morabeza” – an adjective, she said, that describes the kind hospitality and characteristically generous spirit of people from her native Cape Verde.

No surprise, then, that Morabeza is also the title of her brand new recording.

The show itself blended tunes from the new release, along with some from de Barros’ two previous recordings. Every song was sung in Portuguese, but their individual styles were as diverse as the wide cultural and historical crossroads of the West African islands themselves.

In a little over two hours, the mood bounced naturally from lilting samba and reggae grooves to emotionally infused morna love songs, and – de Barros’ specialty – outright party music in Cape Verde’s native coladeira style. Her light voice, bright smile, and radiant stage presence were a good match for the feel of the music.

2009-May21-MariaDeBarros02I would like to have heard more from some of the individual band members. The acoustic guitarist had a little solo time in the light, as did the the percussionist. The ukulele-reminiscent cavaquinho is a curious instrument native to this kind of music, and it’s an unusual enough sight in this part of the world that it could have been featured and highlighted more than it was to give another dimension to the performance. Nice to hear (and see) it played, nonetheless.

Near the end of the concert I ran into a couple of friends who had also attended Mariza’s amazing show, back in March. Though Mariza and de Barros both sing in Portuguese, and de Barros’ style can be considered “fado informed”, it’s not truly fado music. So deeper comparisons can’t really be made between the two. My friend and I agreed; listening to these two is better thought of like appreciating the special, individual qualities of two different wines: if Mariza is port, then surely de Barros’ lighter, tropical-flavored style is Viñho Verde.

Is it a coincidence, this comparison of a ‘barefoot diva’ to wine, and wine’s inevitable associations with barefoot grape-stomping? Nah. Like spending an evening with an artist of Maria de Barros’ caliber, it’s purely intentional even if the results are happily unexpected.

Last night’s concert was the latest in the ongoing Cumbancha/Putumayo World Music series at Higher Ground, next one’s coming up on July 7th: Nigeria’s pioneering King Sunny Ade and His African Beats!

For further listening: I like Morabeza, but for the choice of tunes and the blend of instruments I probably still prefer her earlier Dança Ma Mi (“Dance With Me” – 2005, Narada Records). Try both, you sure can’t go wrong.

cape verde in burlington

May 21, 2009
Maria de Barros (Photo: Johnny Fernandes)

Maria de Barros (Photo: Johnny Fernandes)

The day’s finally arrived, after months of anticipation – Cape Verdean singer Maria de Barros is in town for a show tonight! She’s on tour now with the new recording “Morabeza”, which was partly recorded here in Vermont at the Charles Ellers Studios.

She’s the god-daughter of Cape Verdean legend Cesaria Evora, carrying forward in that Portuguese fado-inspired tradition and bringing her own upbeat style to the music as well.

Ready to dance? Me too. What a way to launch summertime!

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Doors at 7:30pm, the show starts at 8 in the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge. Click here for ticket/accessibility info.


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