VIDEO: Mayra Andrade — “Lua”

The Cape Verdean singer brings her trio to the globalFEST 2012 stage

Photo Credit: Youri Lenquette

Also appearing at globalFEST 2012 is Cape Verdean Mayra Andrade:

Mayra Andrade uses her light and stirring voice to evoke not only the distinctive sounds of Cuba and Cape Verde, but also to channel the beauty of many Lusophone, Latin, and European traditions. Tapped in her teens for her voice and interpretive sensitivity, Andrade quickly rose to European acclaim, representing the youngest generation of Cape Verde’s multifaceted music brought to global listeners by Cesaria Evora.

Andrade has drawn from Brazilian and French songs, as well as African sounds, to create music that engages jazz, acoustic, and chanson traditions. Now based in France, her musical curiosity has taken her from São Paolo to the streets of Havana. Andrade’s approach shines in a pared-down setting with a cosmopolitan trio (Munir Hossn: guitar; Zé Luis Nascimento: percussion; Thierry Fanfant: double bass).

Check her out. Sorry, but we’ll need some of our Portuguese-speaking fam to translate the upfront. Anyway, beautiful song.

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  1. NYC: globalFEST 2012 — January 8 | - April 9, 2012

    [...] Mayra Andrade: Golden-voiced Cape Verde-born singer brings a Parisian and Brazilian flair to her island roots with a new acoustic trio.  (I can’t help but feeling this performance might be all the more poignant in the wake of the Cesaria Evora’s recent passing.) [...]

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