“Tan Kalakatan” is one of my favorite tracks from Mayra Andrade’s latest album, Manga. I really like this live version filmed in Accra, Ghana last month. If you have 20 minutes I recommend watching the entire show. Also check out the first one she did for COLORS; fire.
Tag: cabo verde
I’m tempted to skip ballad “Vasco da Gama” (ft. Mart’nalia) and slow march/marchinha “Viva Timor Leste” (ft. Luis Represas), which recount significant histories pertaining to the Portuguese empire. One covers exploration/conquest, the other revolution, so I guess I appreciate the balance there. Taking the album as a whole I can dig that those songs were included for their slower tempos and rounding out the variety of rhythms. Besides, I’d rather learn history via song than read it, and I always appreciate a larger historical context for the music I enjoy.
Favorite track: “Carambola (São Tomé e Príncipe)”.
I just realized my recent posts all have Cabo Verde in common…hmmm!
Horace Silver’s dad was Cape Verdean, and the melody for his well-known “Song for My Father,” was inspired by Cape Verdean folk music. This live performance by the quintet in Copenhagen in 1968 is beautiful — Horace Silver dripping sweat onto the piano keys, the musicians’ masterful solos, the drummer in the pocket expressing pure joy and reaching freedom within the song, and everyone’s perfect chemistry. It’s around 18 minutes long and absolutely worth the watch.
My favorite so far by Seres Produções (Angola) label manager and pioneering female Portuguese afro house producer and DJ, Danykas DJ, who has roots in the Cabo Verde islands.
New single from Cape Verdean-Portuguese artist Nenny. The 18 year-old singer, songwriter, and rapper is making big waves and enjoying success and critical acclaim in Portugal since 2019, following the release of various singles including “Dona Maria” (about her mother) and “Bússola” (a catchy and literal f*ck you to general haters set to a mellow and infectious afrobeats track), and major festival performances there. A proponent of mental health and self-love, Nenny refuses to be boxed in by genre and categories, singing and rapping genuinely and unabashedly about personal experiences, and embracing trap, reggae and afro rhythms in her music. It looks like Nenny is about to win over more of the world with her Colors performance.
If you read Portuguese, check out this March 2020 interview.
If you understand Portuguese from Portugal, this interview is worth a watch.