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Morabeza
     

Morabeza

by Maria de Barros
 
Because 2005 Cape Verdian Artist of the Year Maria De Barros is singing sensually and exquisitely in her native language, it's likely that American world music fans will have to intuit what she's communicating via the emotional intimacy of her graceful ballads ("Mundo Malvado," "Nha Vazio") and her high spirited, celebratory vibe on the infectious set's fiery rolling

Overview

Because 2005 Cape Verdian Artist of the Year Maria De Barros is singing sensually and exquisitely in her native language, it's likely that American world music fans will have to intuit what she's communicating via the emotional intimacy of her graceful ballads ("Mundo Malvado," "Nha Vazio") and her high spirited, celebratory vibe on the infectious set's fiery rolling and rhythmic numbers ("Funana Ca Tem Frontera," "Cabinda a Cunene"). Another way to get into her mindset -- and better understand why she was awarded the 2008 recipient of the Cultural Certificate of Merit by CV's Ministry of Culture -- is to reflect on the deeper meaning of the album's title, Morabeza. Simply stated, it's a sublime Creole expression that characterizes the soul of a people; it is solidarity in time of misfortune (and who couldn't use a little of that in 2009?); kindness, tenderness, hospitality, sympathy, and friendship. The songs speak to the past and present in its colorful, graceful, yet often grooving production, integrating a repertoire of songs composed by revered songwriters such as Manuel d'Novas, Betu, Kaka Barbosa, Jorge Barbosa, Teofilo Chantre, and Ramiro Mendes, as well as newer talent: To Alves, Calu di Guida, Joe Andrade, Kalu Monteiro, and Djim Job. While describing her music as a potpourri of African, Latin, and European styles, the sounds on this collection -- which she recorded with the L.A. Philharmonic String Section and some very prominent backing musicians -- are at heart rooted in the musical traditions of her homeland. While defining a much needed optimism in the face of suffering and hardship in Africa, De Barros on Morabeza keeps alive the wonderful legacy bestowed upon her by her godmother, legendary "barefoot diva," Césaria Evora, who put the music of Cape Verde on the global jukebox.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Sheer Legacy
UPC:
0878068001297
catalogNumber:
167

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Performance Credits

Maria de Barros   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ray Herrmann   Clarinet,Reeds,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Kalina   Harmonica
Joe Ketendjian   Violin
Harry Kim   Trumpet,Soloist
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar,Soloist
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Djim Job   Bass,Background Vocals,Cavaquinho
Danny Luchansky   Conductor,Keyboards
Bill Brendle   Accordion
Eric Gorfain   Violin,Soloist
Grecco Buratto   Guitar,Cavaquinho
Vahe Hayrikyan   Cello
Lisa Dondlinger   Violin
Zerui Depina   Cavaquinho
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin,Concert Master
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Dan Chapman   Concept
Djim Job   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ramiro Mendes   Composer
Teofilo Chantre   Composer
Mauricio Guerrero   Engineer
Danny Luchansky   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestral Arrangements,Audio Production
Tony Rosario   Photo Assistance
Lane Gibson   Engineer
Maria de Barros   Composer,Executive Producer
Cristihan Gutterre   Executive Producer
Ze Timas   Composer
Kaio Monteiro   Arranger,Audio Production
Manuel D'novas   Composer
Kakà Barboza   Composer
Kalu Monteiro   Composer
Tó Alves   Composer
Joe Andrade   Composer
Jorge Barbosa   Composer
Betú   Composer
Calu Di Guida   Composer

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