Mãe Carinhosa (Lusafrica, 2013)
The great Cesaria Evora had success late in her career. That means that she didn’t record too many albums throughout the years. Mãe Carinhosa (Mother Affection) is the latest album available and it’s a collection of unreleased songs that were recorded in recent years and never made it to her albums.
The collection of Cape Verdean mornas and coladeras flows well and has cohesion, showcasing Cesaria’s unmistakable velvety voice. Mãe Carinhosa features guest appearances by well-known musicians, such as Cameroon’s Manu Dibango, who plays marimba on “Esperança.”
“I was flooded with ideas and projects after Cesaria died,” says producer Jose da Silva. “People suggested we do cover albums, fancy tributes, that kind of thing. I decided we should keep it simple, and give the world a new album of songs that, for various reasons, had never made it onto an album before.”
Mãe Carinhosa will please Cesaria Evora’s numerous fans with its mix of passionate and tender melancholic songs that capture the essence of Cape Verdean music.
Buy the CD or MP3s: Mãe Carinhosa
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.