Egal Ego

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    Kreol is superbly thoughtful: it does not overturn existing forms, but remixes them. Dedicated to the Atlantic Ocean, the “mother heritage of humanity”, this remarkably flexible, musical album is a quest for the Grail of “Creolisation”, which the West Indian writer Edouard Glissant defines as “ethnic fusion along with something else that can never be defined” or it will be lost. “Jazz,” adds the novelist in an interview with Mário Lúcio, “came from everywhere; not in an imperative, sudden way, but in the form of traces. Music needs links, roots; the challenge is to surpass them without making them disappear. Music must run the risk of diversity.” These Creole musical genres have not been “imperial”, imposed a set form, adds Glissant, they have underlined ideas of suffering. They have combined Catholic churches and pagan trance; produced beguine, bossa nova, salsa and son, blues, swing, rap, calypso, rumba, morna and coladera, etc. - all genres that have left their imprint on Kreol.

    On his journey, the writer and singer forged subtle bonds and sang - in Creole and Portuguese - with great names in Afro-Atlantic music: Ralph Thamar and Mario Canonge in Martinique, Toumani Diabaté in Mali, Pablo Milanés in Cuba, Teresa Salgueiro and Pedro Joía in Portugal, Milton Nascimento in Brazil and Harry Belafonte in the United States, before returning to Cape Verde with the help of Cesaria Evora.

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Igual, igual,

(music and lyrics by Mario Lúcio)

Tempestade bem
Tempestade bai
So redemoinho ca ta compo mundo
Ondia grande bem
Ondia grande bai
So riba pedra ca ta salva-bo di mar
Sol quema rixo
Sol quema rixo
So na nha pele N sabe ma pele é tudo igual

Igual igual igual

Ca tem Sul de sangue azul
Ca tem Norte ke mas forte
Ca tem Este ki ka meste
Di Estado di kel oto lado
Ca tem paz so pa mas capaz
Ka tem raça de incapaz
Ca tem coraçom ki ka ta bate igual
Ca tem uns ke clave e otos ke clavicordio
Egal ego

La tempête est venue
La tempête est partie
Je rêve de plus de bons vents pour faire virer le Monde
La grande vague est venue
La grande vague est partie
Je rêve de plus d´un îlot
pour nous sauver la peau
Le soleil me tape fort
Le soleil me tape fort
Ma peau me dit:
toutes les peaux sont égales
Egal ego
Je ne veux pas d’un Nord
qui serait né plus fort
Je ne veux pas d’un Sud
qui serait de sang pur
Je ne veux pas d’un seul lieu
dont les excès
Soient des besoins
En d‘autres lieux
Je ne veux pas d’une paix
Réservée aux Rois
Et le reste du peuple
Condamné à la croix

The storm has come
The storm has gone
I dream of good winds
To better turn the world
The tsunami’s come
The tsunami’s gone
I dream of more than one mountain
To save ourselves
The sun hits me so hard
The sun hits me so hard
And my skin says
We all wear the same skin
I don’t want a North
That thinks it’s stronger than the South
I don’t want a blue-blooded South
I don’t want any place
Where the excess of some
Is the need
Of others
I don’t want peace that’s only for those with means
While other are dying in the darkness


from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
EGAL EGO (lyrics and music by Mario Lucio)
Feat: Mario Canonge and Ralph Tamar (Martinica)
Mario Lucio: Vocals, guitars, cavaquinho, mandola, percussion and arrangements; Mario Canonge: Piano; Ralph Tamar: Vocal; Recorded at Nas Nuvens studio, Praia, Cape Verde, in 2008 by MLS; Studio Do Soul, Paris, by Stéphane Caisson, and at Anotherway studio, Paris, November 2009, by ….
Produced by Mario Lucio and Jose da Silva.
Mixed by Tim Latham, home studio NYC



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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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