OT: Mayra Andrade – Dispidida


John Grant, in a comment to my previous post: The danger of a single story, has brought to my attention this great singer:

Mayra Andrade is a Cape Verdean singer who lives and records in Paris. Although she was born in Cuba, Andrade’s parents are both Cape Verdean, and she and her family returned to Cape Verde a few days after her birth. Andrade spent the first years of her life in Cape Verde, but because her father was a diplomat for the Cape Verdean government, she travelled extensively with her family and lived in many countries during her childhood. Hence, during her childhood, she lived in Senegal, Angola, and Germany. However, she spent around two months of the year in the Cape Verdean island of Santiago. Andrade moved to Paris in 2002 when she was 17 years old and has lived there ever since. She is multilingual, but most of the lyrics of the songs on her albums are in her native Cape Verdean Creole language. The first song she remembers singing is “O Leãozinho” by the Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso, whom she has cited as a musical influence. (Information taken from Wikipedia)

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