Lensic Presents World Music: Maria de Barros, Fado Music of Cape Verde
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
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de Barros' music combines the sounds of Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, France, and Portugal.
|Maria de Barros|
Maria de Barros’ music transcends taste, preference and even language. Melodies melt off her tongue with the same richness and maturity of a contemporary Cape Verde club singing Ella Fitzgerald, except that this songstress’ club is bursting with a taste of Latin spice, serving Portuguese and African cuisine with dancers to match and audiences swinging their hips to Maria’s sensual Morna and Coladeira beats.
Maria invites you into her heart with the warmth of a close friend. Her album, aptly titled, epitomizes what she chooses to express: the tradition and beauty of the people and the landscape. Her music defines a much-needed optimism in the face of suffering and hardship in Africa. Although Maria was born in Dakar, Senegal and grew up in Nouackchott, Mauritania, her creative heart lies in the culturally rich Islands of Cape Verde, the birthplace of her parents.