Caoberdiano Barela

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    Funaná is dancing. It is a song to dance, a song of dance, uprising and rhythm. It is also a song to contemplate, an intention to dance, an emotion that we inhabit through the movements of our bodies. Funaná is an energetic song, which carries at the same time the power and fragility of life. It is an awareness of the instant. Tomorrow will be difficult or beautiful, but for now we dance. We do not dance to forget or to have forgotten, we dance in fullness. We dance with everything, with everything that yesterday brought us of pain, torments, and uncertainties, but also of love, desire and joy. We dance integers, vibrants with each other. Dancing, we listen to the mystery, we feel all the poetry, we capture the essence.

    This is my homage. Hail all of those who came before me.

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traditional funaná samba


Caoberdiano Barela
Princezito/Princesito (Carlos Alberto Sousa)

Mi ke caoberdiano Barela ó nha mãe
Cabaco ki djan passa ka ta conta
Mi ke caoberdiano Barela nha mãe
Trubuco ki djan passa ka ta conta

Nba Santomé nem nka tinha idade
Nta trabadja txeu nrecebe poco
Kaba ncai de coco nmaltrata corpo
Uns fla e bem-fetu otus fla e mal-fetu
So pamodi nta toca gaita
Es embirra de mi es trancan na stango

Mocinhos djan bai
Vizinhos djan bai
Mi fica li nem pa spera sorte
Ca nhos tadjan ca nhos striba cu mi
Mi ncre ba morre la na undi ki nbem

I’m Barela Cabo Verdean, oh woe is me
My luck has been so bad I can’t begin to tell you
I’m Barela Cabo Verdean, oh woe is me
I’ve had so many doors slammed in my face I can’t begin to tell you

I went to São Tomé before I was even of age
I worked a real lot and earned just a little
And to make matters worse I fell from a coconut tree and messed up my body
Some said serves you right, others said you did it wrong
Just because I play the accordion
They got a grudge against me and never let it go

Guys, I’m off
Neighbors, I’m on my way
I won’t stay here waiting for luck
Don’t try to stop me or fight with me
I want to go die where I came from


from Funanight, track released March 1, 2017
Mario Lucio: Vocals and guitars. Arrangements and Artistic Director
Gi: Ferro
Mano: Gaita
Recorded at Nas Nuvens Studio, Txada Mato, Praia, Cabo Verde
Adão Brito: Bass:
Jorge Pimpas: Drums
Recorded at XL Studio, Praia, Cabo Verde,
Sound Engineer: Rob Leonardo



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Mario Lucio Cape Verde

He is one of the most recognizable figures of Cape Verde’s cultural and music scene, both locally and internationally. Shout the name Mário Lúcio than pops up a musician, a singer-songwriter, and one of the country’s foremost and leading composers of all times Performances: As Cape Verde’s most sought-after performing artist, Mário Lúcio has perfromed in all the 5 Continents; ... more

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