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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)

Ora ki n tra tempo N pensa na bo
Ki N ta da conta canto N debe-bo

Ora ki N tra tempo N pensa na vida
Ki N ta comprende nha divida

Nha sonho é tra frontera de un banda
Bua cai la kel oto banda
Nha sonho é ka tra frontera de un bando
Pa N po-l na mó de oto

Quand je prends le temps de penser à toi
Je comprends combien je te dois

Quand je prends le temps
De penser à mes ancêtres
Je comprends quelle est ma dette

Mon rêve est de mettre les frontières d’un côté
Et de sauter de l’autre côté
Mon rêve n’est pas de les supprimer d’un côté
pour les mettre de l’autre côté


Oh Mom Afrika
When I take the time to think of you
I understand how much I love you
Oh mom Afrika
When I think about existence
My debt to you becomes clear

I have a dream
Of being on the right side
Away from all sides
Of being with the outsiders
Who fight for a side of their own


from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
M’AFRIKA (lyrics and music by Mario Lucio)
Mario Lucio: Vocals, guitars, woodblock; Awa Sangho: Vocal; Madouba Camara: Kora; Edson Dany: Bass; Márcio Rosa, Drums: Alexandre Abreu: Trumpet; Amaury Pérez: Trombone; Recorded at Nas Nuvens Studio, 2008, by MLS; studio Pm Records, Havana, Cuba, May 2009, by Adalberto Vidal, at Zaga Studio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2009, by Alex Moreira, and at Yeleen Studio, Bamako, Mali, Novembre 2009, by Yaya. Produced by Mario Lucio, Miguel Nuñes, Maruchi, and José da Silva.
Arrangements by Mario Lúcio. Trompet and trombone arrangements by Miguel Nuñez and Mario Lucio. Mixed by Stéphane Caisson at Do Soul Studio, Paris



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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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