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Dança Ma Mi: Dance With Me
     

Dança Ma Mi: Dance With Me

by Maria de Barros
 
The seductive, ultra-romantic, gracefully exotic follow-up to Maria de Barros' stunning debut, Nha Mundo (My World), does exactly what the English translation of the title promises -- it invites listeners to dance, slowly then quickly then slowly again, to the various rhythmic energies of her native West African homeland.

Overview

The seductive, ultra-romantic, gracefully exotic follow-up to Maria de Barros' stunning debut, Nha Mundo (My World), does exactly what the English translation of the title promises -- it invites listeners to dance, slowly then quickly then slowly again, to the various rhythmic energies of her native West African homeland. Her record label bills de Barros as a "Cabo Verdean chanteuse," largely as a matter of identifying her ancestry and musical palette, but the singer hails from nearby Senegal, for those interested in musical geography. The Cape Verdean islands are decidedly more colorful, situated as they are at a location where the cultures of three continents intermingle and fashioning native styles from a swirl of African, Argentinean, Portuguese, and Cuban rhythms. The land's most renowned legend is Césaria Évora, the five-time Grammy-winning "barefoot diva" who just happens to be de Barros' godmother and number one influence. But the younger singer isn't a complete disciple, as Évora is known for her melancholy mornas and de Barros -- whose raspy, emotional voice bears a favorable comparison to that of Gloria Estefan -- is being touted as "Queen of the Coladeiras," a salsa-styled dance music. Danca Ma Mi is a bright and sexy, soul-sparking romantic party collection, centered around de Barros' colorful interaction with adult and children's choirs and dazzling, alternately thick and sparse percussion textures. It plays like a travelogue of the heart for those who will never visit these islands, from mornas to coladeiras to merengue-like funana rhythms. Even if the listener can't distinguish which rhythm is which, it's still a vibrant musical experience. And since she's singing in her native language, English-speaking fans will enjoy the challenge of feeling de Barros' wide array of sorrows and joys sans the benefit of lyrical translation.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724357827720
catalogNumber:
78277
Rank:
126997

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maria de Barros   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cassio Duarte   Percussion
Ron Kalina   Harmonica
Sandy Silva   Background Vocals
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Djim Job   Bass,Background Vocals
Norberto Tavares   Background Vocals
Jack Pina   Background Vocals
Danny Luchansky   Guitar,Keyboards
Timothy S. Mayer   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Bill Brendle   Accordion
Grecco Buratto   Guitar
Carlos "Kalú" Monteiro   Drums,Background Vocals
Mitchell Long   Guitar
Dicki Tavares   Guitar
T.K.   Background Vocals
Joao "Fefe" Alfredo   Background Vocals
Nilton Andrade   Background Vocals
Adeline Azevedo   Background Vocals
Calú Bana   Background Vocals
Djuta Barros   Background Vocals
Brandie Brito   Background Vocals
Brittany DaGraca   Background Vocals
Zerui Depina   Cavaquinho
Christina Goff   Background Vocals
Lutchinha Leite   Background Vocals
Alicia Lima   Background Vocals
Philippe Luchansky   Cello
Ingrid Monteiro   Background Vocals
Vivianne Monteiro   Background Vocals
Manuel Pires   Gaita
Jayde Santos   Background Vocals
Sonya Shepard   Background Vocals
Carlos Montiero   Drums
Phillipe Luchansky   Cello
Dicki Tavares   Guitar
Zerui Depina   Cavaquinho

Technical Credits

Djim Job   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ramiro Mendes   Composer
Paulino Vieira   Composer
Danny Luchansky   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Maria de Barros   Composer
Carlos "Kalú" Monteiro   Arranger,Producer
Vince Tanzilli   Photo Assistance
Ano Nobo   Composer
Danny Carvalho   Composer

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