Mar Di Tarrafal

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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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Mar di Tarrafal

(music and lyrics by Mario Lúcio)

Fonte de agua
Boca de espuma
Ronco acordado
Ferbura frio
Corpo esculpido
Ancas de moças
Ossos de bedjos
Paraiso vira-latas
_ Mar de Tarrafal

Ceu di palbessa
Voo rastero
Renda branca
Saiona azul
Spanto de menino
Concha de quidja
Modjado eterno
Paraíso vira-lata
_ Mar de Tarrafal

Conforme mar é
Conforme maré
La mer de Tarrafal

Source d’eau
Bouche d’écume
Ronflement éveillé
Ferveur froide
Corps sculptés
Hanches des jeunes femmes
Os des vieux
Paradis des chiens errants
_ Mer de Tarrafal

Ciel détourné
Vol ondulé
Dentelles blanches
Jupe bleue
Peur d’enfant
Coque des quilles
Humidité éternelle
Paradis des chiens errants
¬_ Mer de Tarrafal

Selon la mer
Selon la marée

Tarrafal sea

Source of water
Mouth of foam
Awoken Snore
Boiling cold
Slender body
Girl’s hips
Old men’s bones
Stray dog’s paradise
-Tarrafal sea

Upside down sky
Crawling fly
Snow-white embroidery
Giant blue skirt
A child’s wonder
The concaveness of a keel
Eternal wetness
Stray-dog paradise
_ Tarrafal sea

Along with the tide
Along with the tide


from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
MAR DE TARRAFAL (lyrics and music by Mario Lucio)
Feat: Milton Nascimento ( Brazil)
Mario Lucio: Vocal; Milton Nascimento: vocals; Leo Gandelman: tenor saxofone; Allen Pontes: Drums; Sidinho Moreira: Percussion; André Vasconcellos: Bass; Nico Rezende: steel string guitar; David Feldman: Piano; Arrangements: Leo Gandelman and David Feldman;
Recorded at ZAGA estudios /Rio de Janeiro, May 2009, by Marcio Reis; Mixed by Alex Moreira, Rio de Janeiro



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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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