Friday, September 20, 2013

CD Review: Cape Verde's Neuza Releases 'Flor Di Bila'

Flor Di Bila

The music of Cape Verde is best-known with the late-Cesaria Evora, but young up-and-comers have graced stages worldwide, including Tete Alhinho, Fantcha, Lura, Mariana Ramos, and Carmen Souza. One need not ignore the sweet and beautiful voice of Neuza. The thirteen-track release represents an introspective examination of the island's rhythms and melodies, such as talaia baxo, samba, and rabolo. The breezy songs are filled with emotive sensibilities that come across quite well. The instrumental arrangements are provided by guitars, cavaquinhos, baixo, piano, gaita, orgao, sax, afuche, coros, and assorted percussion. Anyone seeking upbeat island songs in a contemporary format will love Neuza's new release. ~ Matthew Forss   

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