Magazine article New Internationalist

Balancê

Magazine article New Internationalist

Balancê

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Balancê

by Sara Tavares (World Connection 43058 CD) '

It's easy to say that the music of Cape Verde hit the ground running. But spare a thought for the musicians of the new Verdean generation: such artists, like the brightly talented Sara Tavares, who represent the link between the Africanflavoured fado of their parents with the interwoven cultures experienced in any modern city. The Lisbon-based singer-songwriter Tavares is alert to the pitfalls that threaten anyone bridging the gap between heritage and upbringing. Rarely has an album been better named: Balance is a release that takes up the challenge with grace and poise.

Indeed, the 13 songs of Balance tilt at a self-defined quality. Tavares favours a rich mix of language - Portuguese, with rich slang inflections from Angola, Lisbon and Verdean Crioulo, with English kept to a healthy minimum. …

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