Personnel: Mayra Andrade (chant); Z? Luis Nascimento (percussion).
Liner Note Author: R?my Kolpa Kopoul.
Recording information: Acousti Studios, Paris (11/2005-01/2006).
Photographer: Jean-Marc Lubrano.
Translators: Marushka Vidovic; Nicolas Quint.
Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade has enjoyed a very healthy climb to stardom with this impressive debut. Certainly the last thing anyone thinks of when listening to her is a comparison with her countrywoman C?saria ?vora. But Andrade hasn't rushed into the studio to record -- this album has had a six-year gestation. This is revealed right from the start, as the subtle "Dimokransa" shows the influence of Brazil in a transparently obvious but beautifully fashioned manner -- there's definite sophistication at work here. But that's not to say she ignores her roots -- far from it, as she proves with "Dispidia," "Nha Nobr?za," and the title cut, with all derived airily from her native land. Even when she moves into French, as she does on "Comme S'il en Pleuvait," the rootedness of the music is apparent, and the connection with Brazil is perfectly natural. Andrade herself exudes a lovely, passionate warmth in her singing, and a very easy command that sidles rather than leaps out of the speakers. She has quality, and even more important, that elusive star quality. The next release will be major, no doubt about it. ~ Chris Nickson
JazzTimes (p.97) - "With a voice as bright and inviting as a ray of sunshine yet as arresting as a lightning bolt, Andrade enriches the vibrant Cape Verdean tradition of morna..."
Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.43) - "[H]er music is undoubtedly cosmopolitian -- sophisticated and intimate at times, but still folksy and even pop-oriented when it counts."