Cabo Verde

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All Music Guide - Jose Promis
Cabo Verde's artwork showcases a happier Césaria Évora than on her previous self-titled album which introduced her to North American audiences. She is pictured laughing, against light greens and blues, and the music itself is considerably more upbeat than that on her other albums this being her second U.S. release, but her sixth overall. However, the subject matter remains as sorrowful as ever, with lyrics translating to "The sea is the home of nostalgia/it separates us from distant lands/it separates us from our mothers, our friends/unsure if we'll see them again" "Mar É Morada de Sodade", and "You are mine, my beloved, even in heaven" "Bo É Di Meu Cretcheu". Not only does...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose Promis
Cabo Verde's artwork showcases a happier Césaria Évora than on her previous self-titled album which introduced her to North American audiences. She is pictured laughing, against light greens and blues, and the music itself is considerably more upbeat than that on her other albums this being her second U.S. release, but her sixth overall. However, the subject matter remains as sorrowful as ever, with lyrics translating to "The sea is the home of nostalgia/it separates us from distant lands/it separates us from our mothers, our friends/unsure if we'll see them again" "Mar É Morada de Sodade", and "You are mine, my beloved, even in heaven" "Bo É Di Meu Cretcheu". Not only does Évora sing her world-famous mornas, she also gives advice against the foolishness of youth, bringing to light the fact that much of the youth of her native land of Cape Verde has emigrated, leaving the remaining population with an incurable nostalgia. The album begins with several upbeat numbers, then, after the torchy, cabaret-styled "Partida," delves into moodier, more lamenting, and more glorious ballads. On "Coragem Irmon," Évora "duets" with the tenor saxophone of American jazz great James Carter. As with all her albums, this is an excellent collection of beautiful, soul-stirring songs, brought to life by Évora's marvelous voice. A winner in every respect also included are the lyrics' English translations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/1997
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075597945041
  • Catalog Number: 79450

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tchintchirote (3:13)
  2. 2 Sabine Largam' (3:06)
  3. 3 Partida (6:15)
  4. 4 Sangue de Beirona (3:33)
  5. 5 Mar É Morado Di Sodade (5:59)
  6. 6 Bô Ê Di Meu Cretcheu (3:39)
  7. 7 Coragem Irmon (6:26)
  8. 8 Quem Bô Ê (2:19)
  9. 9 Regresso (Return) (3:33)
  10. 10 Mãe Velha (4:44)
  11. 11 Pe Di Boi (2:38)
  12. 12 Ess Pais (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cesária Évora Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Chico Serra Piano
Alain Jean-Marie Piano
Jacques Bolognesi Accordion
James Carter Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Gossez Clarinet, Transverse Flute
Teofilo Chantre Background Vocals
Louis Morais Clarinet
Bau Violin, 10-string Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Cavaquinho
Nando Da Cruz Background Vocals
Paulino Vieira Bass, Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Cavaquinho
Armando Tito Guitar, Background Vocals
Osvaldo Diaz Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Whistle (Instrument)
Vincent Segal Cello
Toy Vieira Background Vocals, Cavaquinho
Sabu Background Vocals
Awa ? Background Vocals
Gerard Mendes Background Vocals, Whistle (Instrument)
Silvano Michelino Percussion
Ze Paris Bass Guitar
Jacinto Pereira Cavaquinho
Luis Ramos Guitar
Camille Soprane Soprano Saxophone
Escabes ? Background Vocals
Francois ? Background Vocals
Gisele ? Background Vocals
Nadine Background Vocals
Nando Andrade Piano
Fabrice Thompson Percussion
Valerie Background Vocals
Lura Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jose Da Silva Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Bau Arranger
Paulino Vieira Producer
Joao Magalhaes Engineer
Christian Echaib Engineer
Tafa Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IN A WORD: WONDERFUL!!!!

    This upbeat yet soulful music never ceases to bring a smile to my face. ALong with a glass of wine, this is one of the best ways to relax. I have gotten this album for ALL my friends. Still, after 3 years of listening, I never tire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heard in Lisbon

    Walking through the Alfama, one of the oldest sections of Lisbon, I went into a gallery/shop and heard Cesaria Evora for the first time. A CD was on the stereo. I asked the shopkeeper about it; he had copies for sale and I bought one. I can listen to her voice all day and through the night. She sings in a natural, smooth and flowing unaffected way; a very pleasant voice to hear, accompanied by excellent musicians. Most of the songs are of the Cabo Verdian ''morna'' genre. Some have compared them to the blues or fado, but they have a character all their own. She sings the lyrics in the creole Portuguese of her native Cabo Verde, but you don't have to know the language to enjoy her music. I buy anything I can find by Cesaria Evora. If you like her music, you will probably also enjoy the singing of Amalia Rodrigues, the queen of ''fadistas'', performers of Portuguese fado. To hear the master of the Portuguese ''guitarra'', the instrument indispensible to fado, listen to Carlos Paredes.

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