Hora de Andorinha

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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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Hora de Andorinha

(music and lyrics by Mario Lucio)

Na hora de andorinha
Ki mamae ta trá xali
Pa faze um chá pa lua nova

Na hora de andorinha
Ki rapaz ta flá meninas
Pa ess ba ncontra na parduero

Na hora de andorinha
Ki Nhor Dios ta obiba terço
Encostado na poial

Na hora de andorinha
Ki menino ta tradu mama
Pa sol ka pol sal na mulera

Ah tempo di menino
L’heure des hirondelles

C’est à l’heure des hirondelles
Que ma grande mère cueillait des feuilles de citronnelle
Pour faire du thé à la jeune lune

C’est à l’heure des hirondelles
Que les garçons donnaient aux jeunes filles
Des rendez-vous amoureux dans les ruines

C’est à l’heure des hirondelles
Que Dieu écoutait sur son banc de pierre
Les prières des hommes revenant du travail

C’est à l’heure des hirondelles
Que les mamans finissaient d’allaiter
Avant que le sel du soleil n’aliène l’enfant
Ah le temps des hirondelles
Le temps de l’enfance

Time of the swallows

In the time of the swallows
My grandma used to pick moonflowers
To make a tea for the new moon

In the time of the swallows
Young boys used to invite young girls
To meet each other in the hovel

In the time of the swallows
God used to come to the front porch
To listen to old folks reciting the rosary

In the time of the swallows
Mothers used to wean their children
So the sun wouldn’t salt their suckling’s fontanel

Oh the time of the swallows
Time of childhood


from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
HORA DE ANDORINHA (lyrics and music by Mario Lucio)
Feat: Pedro Joia and Teresa Salgueiro ( Portugal)
Mario Lucio: Vocal; Teresa Salgueiro: Vocal; Pedro Jóia: Guitar and bass vocal; Rui Lobato: body percussion;
Recorded and mixed at MM studio, Lisbon, in October 2009 by Jorge Barata and Rui Martins. Produced by Mario Lucio, Pedro Jóia and Rui Lobato.



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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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