Date(s) - 13/09/2020
17:00 - 19:00
Lura, Elida Almeida, Nancy Vieira, Teofilo Chantre – the cream of the crop among Cabo Verde musicians will perform together on Baltic Philharmonic stage on 25 April 2020 singing the greatest hits of Cesaria Evora.
All longtime fans of Siesta Festival should know by now who Cesaria Evora was and what she did for music of Cape Verde. It was her who elevated the islands’ musical folklore to European concert halls. It was thanks to her efforts that Morna – one of traditional Cape Verdean genres of music – was included on UNESCO’s list of nonmaterial cultural heritage in December 2011. Coincidentally, the same year was when Siesta’s first edition took place. Now, on its 10th edition, the organizers decided it’s time to pay tribute to the legend.
Lura performed on Siesta Fesitval twice, in 2013 and 2016. This incredibly sensual and spectacular Cape Verdean artist was once set to become a professional swimmer! At least until her friend and vocalist Juka invited her to his studio at the time he was recording his new album and suggested to let her sing in the choir for fun. Her low, electrifying voice took everyone by surprise. Juka went a step further and convinced Lura to to sing a duet with him. That evening changed the history of Cape Verde’s music.
Winner of the 2015 Radio France Internationale Discoveries Prize, Elida hails from Santiago island, or more specifically from Kebrada village, that lacked paved roads and electricity. Her father died early in her childhood, leaving her mother’s small kiosk as the family’s main source of income, with which Elida helped. She became a mother herself at age of 17, requiring her to take care of her child in addition to her younger brothers. This turbulent early life became the inspiration for her first songs, compiled on her debut album appropriately titled Ora Doci, Ora Margos (“Sweet Times, Bitter Times”). The blend of maturity and youthful charm of these compositions brought attention of Cesaria Evora’s legendary producer Jose da Silva, who invited the 21-year-old rising star to the elite circle of his pupils. These days, Elida Almeida is one of the strongest-standing arists of the Lusophone world. She has recently collaborated with Lura, who included an incredible duet of the two singers titled Nhu Santiago on her newest album.
Nancy Vieira was born at the time her parents were active in Amilcar Cabral’s freedom movement that laid the groundwork for Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau’s independence. Her father eventually became Cape Verde’s ambassador in Portugal and brought his daughter to Lisbon. Nancy is perhaps the most stylish of Cesaria Evora’s creative progeny. Her three latest releases: Lus, No Ama and Manha Florida are among the most beautiful presents we have gotten from Cabo Verde.
Although this will be Teofilo Chantre‘s personal debut on Gdańsk Lotos Siesta Festival, we would have a hard time counting how many times his songs have already been played here. Cesaria Evora was likely the first artist to showcase them in Poland. Her famous duet with Kayah was also a composition made by this great Cape Verdean bard. Majority of our guests from Cape Verde have played a song or two of his on their concerts. The greatness of Nancy Vieira’s latest album Manha Florida owes a lot to his composition and production talents.
We invite you to Gdańsk!!