Mae Mother

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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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Mae mother
(music and lyrics by Mario Lúcio)
A Bernardo
N sta impressionado
Ki até Jesus menino
Antes prende txoma Deus
Ken ke ta txomaba na sucuro?
_mae mae mae mae mae

Na principio era Barro
Dipos de primero sopro
Criador rabusca verbo
El pol si nome antes de tudo:
_ mae mae mae mae mae

Mesmo Eva cu Adon
Odja ses primeiro pecado
Ta brinca mae ku pai
Canto tinha so Pai ka tinha
_ mae mae mae mae mae

Mae mother (Ma Mère)

Je suis impressionné:
Avant d’apprendre à dire Dieu
Qui appelait l’enfant Jésus quand il faisait sombre?
- Maman, Maman, Maman

Au début il y eut l’argile,
Ensuite le premier souffle,
Le Créateur a fouillé le verbe
Et Il l’a donné un nom avant tout :
- Maman, Maman, Maman

Même Eve et Adam
ont pêché pour la première fois
en jouant à Maman et Papa
Quand seulement le Père
existait, et que n’existait pas encore
- Maman, Maman, Maman

Mae mother

I have the feeling
That the Baby Jesus
Even before he uttered God’s name
Would call out into the darkness
“Mother, mother, mother, mother, mother”
In the beginning everyone was clay
After the first breath
The Creator searched for a verb
And named her first of all
“Mother, mother, mother, mother, mother”

Even Eve and Adam
Committed their first sin
Playing “mother and father”
When all there was was the Father and there was no
Mother, mother, mother, mother, mother


from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
MAE MOTHER (lyrics and music by Mario Lucio)
Feat: Toumani Diabate (Mali)
Mario Lucio: Vocals and guitar; Toumani Diabaté: Kora; Recorded at Nas Nuvens studio, Praia, Cape Verde, and at Dtoumani studio, Bamako, Mali, November 2009, by Yaya. Produced by Mario Lucio. Mixed by Stéphane Caisson at Do Soul Studio, Paris



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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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