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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Three years after her Grammy-winning Voz d'Amor, Cape Verdean superstar Césaria Évora returned with her tenth album, Rogamar. Recorded in Mindelo, São Vicente, Évora's hometown, and Paris Caetano Veloso arranger Jacques Morelenbaum added the strings in Rio de Janeiro, Rogamar is a lovely piece of work, with most of the 15 tracks written for her by her talented Cape Verdean songwriting team. The songs, as evidenced by the title of the album which translates to "pray to the sea", speak of love, loss, island life, and humankind within the context of the ocean. Water is the recurrent theme; it is present constantly, and is something to which life can be compared: it takes and ...
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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Three years after her Grammy-winning Voz d'Amor, Cape Verdean superstar Césaria Évora returned with her tenth album, Rogamar. Recorded in Mindelo, São Vicente, Évora's hometown, and Paris Caetano Veloso arranger Jacques Morelenbaum added the strings in Rio de Janeiro, Rogamar is a lovely piece of work, with most of the 15 tracks written for her by her talented Cape Verdean songwriting team. The songs, as evidenced by the title of the album which translates to "pray to the sea", speak of love, loss, island life, and humankind within the context of the ocean. Water is the recurrent theme; it is present constantly, and is something to which life can be compared: it takes and it brings, it is love and it is separation, it is a friend and it is death. Adding to this is Évora's voice, which constantly alludes to the sea, and can be quick and choppy, or long and smooth, but mostly is clear and fluid and is what controls the album and gives it life. Yes, the instrumentation is wonderful and contributes greatly to the songs although sometimes Morelenbaum's strings are a little too much, nearly overpowering the rest of the band, accenting the sadness or longing, the celebration, the desire, but it is Évora who decides what and how the songs are really supposed to be. She is willing to create seeming incongruity like in the up-tempo "Um Pincelada," in which the singer explains her understanding of the world and a lifetime of disappointments, with resignation thick in her voice, to hope for "peace and progress" in "Africa Nossa" which features Senegalese folksinger Ismaël Lô, or to slyly offer friendship to a woman who trusts no one, in "Rosie." Outside factors contribute, but Évora is the real decision-maker. She has each song mean exactly what she wants it to mean, and listeners are all the better for it, anyway, because at least then they can try to comprehend, just a little bit, the life of this remarkable singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 828767899329
  • Catalog Number: 78993
  • Sales rank: 107,765

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cesária Évora Primary Artist, Vocals, Chant
Djanka Diabate Background Vocals, Choeurs
Ismaël Lô Chant
Jaques Morelenbaum Conductor
Alceu Reis Cello
Régis Gizavo Accordion
Jesuina Noronha Passaroto Violin, Violone
Marcelo Bernardes Flute
Michel Bessler Violin, Violone
Bernardo Bessler Violin, Violone, Concert Comedienne
Walter Hack Violin, Violone
Jose Alves Violone
Joao Daltro Violone
Jairo Diniz Violin, Violone
Iura Ranevsky Cello
Pascoal Perrotta Violin, Violone
Antonio Fernandes Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals
Adja Kouyate Background Vocals, Choeurs
Antonella Pareschi Violin, Violone
Valerie Tribord Background Vocals, Choeurs
Marie-Paule Tribord Background Vocals, Choeurs
Marcello Isdebski Salles Cello
Zé Canuto Flute
Denner Campolina Double Bass, Contrabass (Vocal)
Rogério Rosa Violin, Violone
Ricardo Taboada Violone
Erasmo Fernandes Violin, Violone
Julian Corrales Subida Violin, Violone
João Pina "Kako" Alves Guitar, Background Vocals, Cavaquinho, Soloist, Choeurs
José Antonio "Zé" DeAlmeida Cavaquinho
Janise Delgado Background Vocals, Choeurs
Virgilio Julio "Gil" Duarte Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Nando Gomes Tambourine, Repique, Tamborim
Helton Lima Tambourine, Surdo, Tamborim
Lina Lopes Background Vocals, Choeurs
Mario Masse Flute
Assan MBaye Percussion
Ademiro José "Miroca" Miranda Percussion, Background Vocals, Choeurs
Fredi Sousa Repique, Tamborim
Ana Maria Cruz Brito Background Vocals, Choeurs
Marcus R. Oliveira Cello
Ricardo Amado Violin, Violone
Daniel Guedes Violin, Violone
Technical Credits
Ismaël Lô Duet
Ray Lema Composer
Stephanie Caisson Engineer
Jaques Morelenbaum Director, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Teofilo Chantre Composer
Raphaël Jonin Mastering
Marcelo Sabóia Engineer
Manuel de Novas Composer
Luis Rendall Composer
Jose "Zezum" DaSilva Producer
Constantino Cardoso Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful songs!!!!

    wonderful songs of this track gives a lot of joy and peace in your soul. Tomorrow will go for a shop to buy immediately or order this new wonderful album of Cesaria! Great job, Cesaria :-)

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