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Artist Profiles: Bau


Rufino Almeida, better known as Bau, was born in 1962 in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde. Bau is a well known artist in Cape Verde’s music scene. He comes from the island of Sao Vicente, as are many of the archipelago’s best knoen singers, Cesaria Evora, Bana, Titina, Tito Paris, and composers B. Leza, Manuel de Novas, Frank Cavaquim, Goy and Vasco Martins. Even though his real name is Rufino lAmeida, he was given the name ‘Bau’ after a famous Cape Verdean soccer player. Bau’s father is a string instrument maker in Mindelo, a town which was at one time called Little Brazil.

For his seventh birthday, Bau’s father gave him a cavaquinho, a small four-string guitar from Portugal; the ancestor of the a ukulele, which is also used in Brazil and Cape Verde as a rhythm guitar. He later taught his son how to make and then play instruments such as the guitar, cavaquinho, and violin. Bau is an extraordinary guitarist, songwriter, arranger and bandleader.

Whether he is playing morna, coladera, or choro (a Brazilian musical genre born in the early 20th century, performed by artists ranging from Villa Lobos to Chico Buarque), Bau’s musical influences come through. His mentor is Brazilian cavaquinho virtuoso: Waldir Azevedobut. He also admires Al Di Meola’s Latin jazz sounds and Stephane Grapelli’s style of playing the violin. Beyond these influences, Bau plays instinctively and has an unequaled charm, pertaining to Cape Verdian musicians, which makes their music at the same time syncopated, vigorous, nostalgic and intimate.

Inspiração which translates Inspiration, is an instrumental album reflecting Bau’s incredible talent of arranger and producer. Playing the 12 string guitar, cavaquinho and violin he has become a virtuoso of these stringed instruments. The album’s title is an indication of the musical genres Bau has been exposed to: mazurka, bayaon, fox-trot, contradanca – all the various styles which influenced the musical live of his hometown Sao Vicente are a source of inspiration for Bau. He inherited them from the generations past and now passes them on to the next. Bau was the leader of the band backing Cesaria Evora in her long tours around the world. He was also involved in the arrangements and production of Cesaria’s Cabo Verde and Café Atlántico albums.

On Inspiração, Bau expanded his musical horizon by incorporating Caribbean influences, Angola samba, the impulse of Gypsy rumba and even a tribute to Chopin.


Tôp d’Coroa (Lusafrica, 1994)
Jailza (Lusafrica, 1995)
Inspiração (Lusafrica, 1998)
Blimundo (Lusafrica, 2000)
Silencio (Lusafrica, 2003)
Ilha Azul (Lusafrica, 2006)
Café Musique (Lusafrica, 2010)
Plays Vasco Martins (Lusafrica, 2012)


Heartfelt Mornas of Cape Verde

Various Artists - Mornas De Cabo Verde
Various Artists – Mornas De Cabo Verde

Various Artists – Mornas De Cabo Verde (Lusafrica, 2016)

Lusafrica has released a compilation that features some of the finest morna performers, ranging from the now classics like Cesaria Evora, Teofilo Chantre and Ildo Lobo to young new talent such as Elida Almeida, Ceuzany, and Jenifer Solidade.

Morna is the popular traditional music of Cape Verde, songs of longing and love. Cesaria Evora became a world music sensation and introduced mornas to thousands of adoring international music fans.

The artist selection includes Ildo Lobo, Lura, Albertino, Cesaria Evora, Ceuzany, Elida Almeida, Kompass, Bau, Teofilo Chantre, Jenifer Solidade, Nancy Viera, Ze Luis, Teofilo Chantre & Cesaria Evora, Alma De Morna, Fantcha and Maria Alice.

Mornas De Cabo Verde is a great opportunity to catch up with some of the greatest female and male performers of this profound music style.

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