Born in La Havana, Cuba, in 1985, the precocious talents of Mayra Andrade first reached a world stage in 2001. That’s when the singer won her country’s first Gold Medal at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Canada. Her crystalline and agile voice has since graced stages on the four continents. In 2006, Andrade released her first CD, “Navega”, on the Sony/BMG label.
"Navega", Mayra Andrade's debut album, has just won the prestigious German Records Critics' Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik)! The jury is composed of 114 musical journalists.
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Review Excerpts (Chris May, allaboutjazz.com)
Most of the music is acoustic, played by a core trio of Cape Verdean guitarist Kim Alves, Cameroonian bassist Etienne Mbappe and Brazilian percussionist Ze Luis Nascimento, augmented on some tracks by guest musicians on accordion, saxophone, trombone, guitar, cello or percussion. Nimble and unfailingly lyrical, the music wears its rhythmic sophistication lightly. Alves adds a variety of other fretted instruments for color, most frequently the treble-pitched, four string cavaquinho. Mbappe's bass—a sumptuously resonant acoustic instrument on five of the twelve tracks—locks with Nascimento's symphonic range of percussion to settle the grooves and trigger the tempo and rhythm changes.
All but one of the songs were written, and are sung, in Cape Verdean Creole. Four are by the iconic late Cape Verdean “new batuco” composer, Orlando Pantera, and three are Andrade originals. The accompanying booklet includes English and French translations of all the lyrics, and for once the exercise is justified. The songs have real substance, some, like “Dimonkransa” (democracy), dealing with weighty issues, and all are expressed with degrees of nuance and poetry which make them worth reading.
A remarkable debut. If music had the power of extending summertime long into the fall, Navega might do it.
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Latin,World, Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova, Jazz, French Chanson