Mar Azul

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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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lyrics

Mar Azul
(music and lyrics by B.Leza)
La mer bleue

Oh Mer
Étends-toi doucement
Et laisse-moi naviguer
Laisse-moi aller visiter mon pays
Laisse-moi aller visiter ma mère
Mer Bleue
Monte doucement
Pleine lune
Éclaire mon chemin
Pour que j’aille à Sao Vicente
Embrasser ma bien-aimée

Oh Mer
Les années sont passées
Le temps a couru
Autant de coucher de soleil
Autant de lever de lune
Et moi toujours
Absent et lointain

Blue Sea

Oh my blue sea
keep still and
let me go visit my country
let me go embrace my mother

Oh blue sea
Come softly
Oh full moon
Show me the way
To my home land
My little Sao Vicente
So I may go embrace my beloved

Oh my blue sea
So many years have gone by
So much time has passed
So many suns have set
So many moons have risen
So far away am I

credits

from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
MAR AZUL (lyrics and music by B. Leza)
Feat: Cesária Évora (Cape Verde)
Mario Lucio: Vocals, guitars, 10 string guitar, harmónica; Cesaria Evora: vocal; Nando Lopes: piano. Lela Violão (postumous): guitar intro. Recorded at Nas Nuvens Studio, Praia Cape Verde, 2009, by MLS, and at La Villa Studio, Mindelo, Cape Verde, December 2009, by Expavite; Produced by Mario Lúcio and José da Silva.
Arrangements by Mario Lúcio. 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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