kreol, crioulo, criol​,​Musica criolla, criollo - Kreol

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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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(music and lyrics by Mario Lúcio)

Branco bai preto ben
Branco bem preto bai

Nós nu ka staba la nem pa tadja
Nem pa fla ma nu ka odja

Pai fidjo Spritu Santo
Na fundu’l barco bu ta obiba so lamento
Ess ta fla: “oh nha mae, oh nha mae”


Les blancs sont partis,
les noirs sont arrivés
Les blancs sont arrivés,
les noirs sont partis
Nous n’étions pas là
Ni pour l’éviter ni pour dire que nous n’avons pas vu
Au nom du Père, du Fils et du Saint Esprit…
Dans les cales des bateaux
Monte une seule prière :
Oh ma mère ! oh ma mère !


White Men are gone
Black men have arrived
White men have arrived
Black men are gone

We kreols weren’t here
To prevent it
Or to say we didn’t see anything

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
But in the hold of the ships
The only prayer you heard was
Oh mommy, oh mommy


from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
KREOL (lyrics and music by Mario Lucio)
Mario Lucio: vocals, guitars, cavaquinho, and percussion; Artur Maia: Bass; Pimps: drums
Recorded at Nas Nuvens studio, Praia, Cape Verde, 2008, by MLS; and recorded and mixed at Zaga Studio, Rio de Janeiro, March 2009, by Alex Moreira. Produced and arranged by Mario Lucio



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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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