Di Korpu Ku Alma [CD & DVD]

Di Korpu Ku Alma [CD & DVD]

by Lura
     
 

As her name might suggest, Lura is indeed an alluring young singer from Cape Verde, by way of Lisbon. Although there's a torrent of records with similar pedigree, Lura's full-length debut (she was featured on 1999's Red Hot + Lisbon compilation) stands out. The rhythms, for one thing, are different -- not quite the tearySee more details below

Overview

As her name might suggest, Lura is indeed an alluring young singer from Cape Verde, by way of Lisbon. Although there's a torrent of records with similar pedigree, Lura's full-length debut (she was featured on 1999's Red Hot + Lisbon compilation) stands out. The rhythms, for one thing, are different -- not quite the teary mornas of Cesaria Evora or the up-tempo zouk-like coladeiras of perennial dance producers the Mendes Brothers. With her producer, Fernando Andrade, Lura explores less-well-known rhythms from this windy archipelago. "Mundo e Nos," for example, is a funaná from the island of Santiago, propelled by the scraping of iron knives. The instrumentation is equally considered, bursting with accordions, strings, and hearty choruses -- a restrained variation of the often too-slick Afro-pop emerging from Europe. Notably, the translated lyrics, especially those written by Orlando Pantera, are excellent: "Vazulina" and "Es Bida" paint indelible portraits of the miserable poverty of Cape Verde, at the same time capturing the zest for life that these far-roaming people seem to have inherited as a natural defense. It's in tackling themes like these -- serious music, serious lyrics -- that Lura, and her gorgeous voice, shines. The somewhat gratuitous DVD, a live concert in Paris, at which she shared a bill with Evora, unnecessarily jacks up the price of this set, but it's worth it to hear the arrival of a new world music star.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Cape Verde (located off the coast of Senegal) is an archipelago of ten small islands first colonized by Portuguese explorers in 1462. Because of the difficulty and expense of travel between the islands, each has developed a unique culture and dialect, as well as a distinctive musical tradition. Césaria Évora, from the island of Sao Vicente, is the country's most famous musical export, but Lura (who grew up in Lisbon, but whose family comes from Santiago) is poised to bring another flavor of Cape Verdean singing to the world's attention. Her debut album offers a mesmerizing and intoxicating blend of Portuguese lyrics and instrumental flavors and Cape Verdean melodies and rhythms, all of it unified by one of the richest, strongest voices to have come from the Cape Verdean community in years. These songs all vary in tempo from slow and swaying to a medium boil, but even when the tempo picks up (as on the rippling "Vazulina"), the effect remains one of relaxation and calm, confident sensuality. Highlight tracks include the call-and-response celebration "Na Ri Na," the sad and gorgeous "Nha Vida," and a loping, melancholy number called "So Um Cartinha." The album comes with a densely packed companion DVD that includes concert footage, videos for "Na Ri Na" and "Vazulina," a photo gallery, and an interview. Very highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2005
Label:
La Escondida
UPC:
0617465651120
catalogNumber:
6511

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Tabanka Assigo  -  Lura
  2. Na Ri Na  -  Lura
  3. Vazulina  -  Lura
  4. Mundo Ê Nôs  -  Lura
  5. Ês Bida  -  Lura
  6. Tó Martins  -  Lura
  7. Batuku  -  Lura
  8. Padoce de Céu Azul  -  Lura
  9. Oh Náia  -  Lura
  10. So Um Cartinha  -  Lura
  11. Raboita Di Rubon Manel  -  Lura
  12. Tem Um Hora Pa Tude  -  Lura
  13. Nha Vida  -  Lura
  14. Ma'n Ba Dês Bês Kumida Dâ  -  Lura

Disc 2

  1. Tó Martins  -  Lura
  2. So Um Cartinha  -  Lura
  3. Vazulina  -  Lura
  4. Raboita Di Rubin Manel  -  Lura
  5. Na Ri Na  -  Lura
  6. Nha Vida  -  Lura
  7. Lua  -  Lura
  8. Batuku  -  Lura
  9. Lura Portrait  -  Lura
  10. Na Ri Na  -  Lura
  11. Vazulina  -  Lura
  12. Photo Gallery  -  Lura

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lura   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Manu Lima   Musician
Régis Gizavo   Accordion,Musician
José Salgueiro   Percussion,Drums,Chab
Toy Vieira   Piano,Accompaniment
Fabrice Thompson   Percussion,Accompaniment
Valerie Tribord   Vocals
Fernando Andrade   Piano,Background Vocals,Musician
Jacky Fourniret   Accordion,Musician
Julian Corrales   Violin,Background Vocals,Cavaquinho,Musician
Guy Sangue   Electric Bass,Musician
Yuri Daniel   Bass Guitar
Virgilio Duarte   Acoustic Bass
Caxuxa   Vocals
Orlanda Guilande   Vocals
João "Kako" Alves   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Cavaquinho,Musician,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Taffa Cissé   African Percussion,Musician
Alves   Background Vocals,Cavaquinho
Briscar   Electric Guitar,Musician
André Cabaço   Background Vocals
Paulinho Baptista DePina   Percussion,Accompaniment
Aurélio Fiahlo Borges DosSantos   Guitar,Accompaniment
Ademiro José "Miroca" Miranda   Percussion
Domingos "Totinho" Fernandes   Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Miguel Gonçlaves   Flute,Trumpet,French Horn
Rui Gonçlaves   Trombone
Cau Paris   Drums,Musician
Marie Pierre Tribord   Vocals
Lucio Vieira   Bass Guitar,Accompaniment
Ademiro "Miroca" Miranda   Percussion

Technical Credits

Stephanie Caisson   Mastering
Jose Da Silva   Producer
Manu Lima   Arranger
Jean-Pierre Pollet   Engineer
Raphaël Jonin   Mastering
Joao Magalhaes   Engineer
Fernando Andrade   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements,Orchestra Director
Lura   Composer
Dyam   Mastering
Michel Miglis   Director
Barejo   Engineer
Dominique Barniaud   Director
Jean Yves Hautemulle   Director
Edric Mulet   Director
Luis Delgado   Engineer

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