Di Korpu Ku Alma [CD & DVD]

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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...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: La Escondida
  • UPC: 617465651120
  • Catalog Number: 6511

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tabanka Assigo (4:21)
  2. 2 Na Ri Na (3:36)
  3. 3 Vazulina (4:47)
  4. 4 Mundo Ê Nôs (3:56)
  5. 5 Ês Bida (3:47)
  6. 6 Tó Martins (4:31)
  7. 7 Batuku (4:32)
  8. 8 Padoce de Céu Azul (5:44)
  9. 9 Oh Náia (3:47)
  10. 10 So Um Cartinha (4:12)
  11. 11 Raboita Di Rubon Manel (4:47)
  12. 12 Tem Um Hora Pa Tude (4:13)
  13. 13 Nha Vida (4:44)
  14. 14 Ma'n Ba Dês Bês Kumida Dâ (3:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tó Martins
  2. 2 So Um Cartinha
  3. 3 Vazulina
  4. 4 Raboita Di Rubin Manel
  5. 5 Na Ri Na
  6. 6 Nha Vida
  7. 7 Lua
  8. 8 Batuku
  9. 9 Lura Portrait
  10. 10 Na Ri Na
  11. 11 Vazulina
  12. 12 Photo Gallery
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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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