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Enhanced New Edition of Lucibela’s Laço Umbilical

Lucibela – Laço Umbilical Bonus Version (Lusafrica, 2019)

Lucibela, one of the great new voices of Cape Verde, entered the world music scene in 2018 with her debut album Laço Umbilical. Now, in 2019, Lisbon-based Lucibela has re-released a new version of the album titled Laço Umbilical Bonus Version. This second edition includes a new song titled “Ti Jon Poca” and a new cover.

Additionally, two of the original tracks are now duets. “Dona Ana” is now a collaboration with the celebrated Angolan singer Bonga, and “Sai Fora” (formerly known as “Mal Amadu” on the first version of the album) incorporates North African raï influences contributed by Algerian artist Sofiane Saidi.

Lucibela – Laço Umbilical Bonus Version

Lucibela’s style is deeply inspired by the late Cesaria Evora.  She is gifted with a captivating vocal technique and focuses on two genres, morna and coladera. The album includes lyrics by Cape Verde’s best songwriters and songs delicately -arranged by guitar and cavaquinho maestro Toy Vieira.

The musicians on Laço Umbilical (Bonus Version include Lucibela on vocals; Toy Vieira on: acoustic guitar and cavaquinho; Bonga on vocals; Sofiane Saidi on vocals; Vaiss on acoustic guitar; Stephan Almeida on cavaquinho; Djim Job on bass; Nir Paris and Miroca Paris on percussion; Totinho on soprano saxophone; Mario Marta and Marise Vasconcelhos on backing vocals; Maryll Abbas on accordion; Julián Corrales on violin; Thierry Fanfant on bass; Hernani Almeida on semi acoustic guitar; and Daniel Rodriguez on cello.

Buy Laço Umbilical Bonus Version

Lucibela will be touring the United States in September 2019:

September 12, 2019, Minneapolis, MN, Dakota

September 13, 2019, Madison, WI, Madison World Music Festival

September 14, 2019, Chicago, IL, Chicago Wold Music Festival

September 15, 2019, Boston, MA, Global Arts Live at City Winery

September 17, 2019, New York, NY, Merkin Concert Hall – World Music Institute

September 19, 2019, Silver City, NM, Western New Mexico University

September 20, 2019, Albuquerque, NM, Globalquerque Festival

September 21, 2019, Phoenix, AZ, Musical Instrument Museum Theater

September 22, 2019, San Diego, CA, Center for World Music

September 23, 2019, Seattle, WA, The Royal Room

September 26, 2019, Los Angeles, CA, The Miracle Theater

September 27, 2019, Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University – Bing Studio

September 28, 2019, Berkeley, CA, Freight & Salvage Festival

September 29, 2019, Washington, DC, Kennedy Center


Artist Profiles: Lucibela

Lucibela – Photo by N’Krumah Lawson-Daku

Lucibela Freitas Dos Santos, better known as Lucibela, was born in Tarrafal on the island of São Nicolau, one of the Barlavento islands, in Cabo Verde on April 18, 1986.

When Lucibela’s family moved to Mindelo on the island of São Vicente, had an opportunity to develop her singing skills. While in high school, she joined a local band called Mindel Som.
Years later, she began to sing in the hotels of Santa Maria on the island of Sal and Sal Rei on the island of Boa Vista. She refined her technique and became an instant hit with the tourists, performing songs made famous by the great singers of Cabo Verde: Cesaria Evora, Titina, and Bana.

In 2012, the young vocalist relocated to Praia where she was almost immediately a star attraction at musical events in the capital. She met different musicians there, including the guitarist Kaku Alves, who had played throughout the world with Cesaria for around 15 years.

In 2016, Lucibela made her debut in Lisbon. Some journalists compared her to Cesaria Evora. “Cesaria is unique and there’ll never be another Cesaria,” humbly asserted the young singer. “My aim is to carry on the work Cesaria began. I want to sing Cabo Verdean musical genres – such as morna and coladera – pretty much anywhere in the world and I want to succeed because of my own talent.”

Lucibela was selected to showcase at the 2017 Atlantic Music Expo – a major music fair where musicians and producers from all over the globe meet in mid-Atlantic in Praia, a focal point of world music. Lucibela became a sensation for the professionals, journalists and show promoters visiting the Expo.

In October and November 2017, Lucibela recorded her first album in Lisbon with highly respected guitarist and arranger Toy Vieira, produced by Lusafrica’s José da Silva. The album, titled Laço Umbilical (Umbilical cord) was released in February 2018.

Lucibela – Photo by Alex Tome

In 2019 Lucibela released a new edition of Laço Umbilical with new versions of some songs and additional new material as well.


Laço Umbilical (Lusafrica, 2018)