Cabo Verde [Expanded]

Cabo Verde [Expanded]

by Cesária ÉvoraCesária Évora


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Cabo Verde's artwork showcases a happier Césaria Évora than on her previous self-titled album (which introduced her to North American audiences). She is pictured laughing, against light greens and blues, and the music itself is considerably more upbeat than that on her other albums (this being her second U.S. release, but her sixth overall). However, the subject matter remains as sorrowful as ever, with lyrics translating to "The sea is the home of nostalgia/it separates us from distant lands/it separates us from our mothers, our friends/unsure if we'll see them again" ("Mar E Morada de Sodade"), and "You are mine, my beloved, even in heaven" ("Bo E Di Meu Cretcheu"). Not only does Évora sing her world-famous mornas, she also gives advice against the foolishness of youth, bringing to light the fact that much of the youth of her native land of Cape Verde has emigrated, leaving the remaining population with an incurable nostalgia. The album begins with several upbeat numbers, then, after the torchy, cabaret-styled "Partida," delves into moodier, more lamenting, and more glorious ballads. On "Coragem Irmon," Évora "duets" with the tenor saxophone of American jazz great James Carter. As with all her albums, this is an excellent collection of beautiful, soul-stirring songs, brought to life by Évora's marvelous voice. A winner in every respect (also included are the lyrics' English translations).

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/1997
Label: Rca Victor Europe
UPC: 0743214539224
catalogNumber: 145392
Rank: 3246

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cesaria Evora   Primary Artist
Chico Serra   Piano
Alain Jean-Marie   Piano
Jacques Bolognesi   Accordion
James Carter   Tenor Saxophone
Awa   Background Vocals
Teofilo Chantre   Background Vocals,Choeurs
Louis Morais   Clarinet
Bau   Violin,10-string Guitar,12-string Guitar,Cavaquinho
Nando Da Cruz   Choeurs
Paulino Vieira   Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Cavaquinho,6-string bass,12-string Bass Guitar,Choeurs,Basse
Armando Tito   Guitar,Background Vocals,Choeurs
Zé Paris   Bass,Bass Guitar
Vincent Segal   Cello
Toy Vieira   Background Vocals,Cavaquinho,Choeurs
Gerard Mendes   Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Choeurs,Sifflet
Silvano Michelino   Percussion
Jacinto Pereira   Cavaquinho
Luis Ramos   Guitar
Camille Soprane   Soprano Saxophone
Escabes ?   Background Vocals
Gisele ?   Background Vocals
Nando Andrade   Piano
Fabrice Thompson   Percussion
Valerie   Background Vocals
Lura   Background Vocals
Luis Morais   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Jose Da Silva   Producer
Paulino Vieira   Arranger,Digital Layout
Joao Magalhaes   Engineer
Toy Vieira   Composer
Christian Echaib   Engineer
Armando Da Pina   Composer
Manuel de Novas   Composer
Harry Son   Engineer
Anastasia Tsioulcas   Liner Notes
Dean Harmeyer   Art Direction

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