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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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Órfon (Fala)
Músic and lyrics: Mario Lúcio and Zumana Tereta

(An ka fala nani) Coitado di órfon
(Ba té mi fè) Menino sem mae
(Fa té mi fè) Menino sem pai
(Kôrô té mi fè) Menino sem armum más grande
(Dôgôni té mi fè) Menino sem armun más pikinoti
(Nadia ka lamon den) Menin d’arguen
(ï djigui kélén pé hé Allah) Deus k’é bu esperança é
(Bi i kêra nafolô tigui hé, bacan bi fè, chê bi fè, môgô bi don ) Oxi, dja bu ten curral ku capoera, dja bu bira arguén
(Bi ba bi fè, Fa bi fè) Oxi dja bu tem mae ku pai

Nha fidju dormi
Durmi nha fidju
Bu mae tem ki bá
Bu mae tem ki bai

Nha fidju
Bu pai, bu mae
Ta bem trazebo
Lua nova
Mel d’abedja
Midjo ilado
Storia storia
Lobo e chibinho

Ayons pitié de l’orphelin
L’enfant sans mère
L’enfant sans père
L’enfant sans grand frère
L’enfant sans petit frère
Fils adoptif de Nadia
Ton seul espoir est le bon Dieu

Aujourd’hui tu es riche, tu as du bétail, tu as de la volaille et les gens te reconnaissent
Aujourd’hui tu as une mère, tu as un père
Mons fils dort
Dors mon fils
Ta mère doit partir
Dans le champ
Ta mère s’en va

Mon fils
Ton père, ta mère
Vont t’apporter
De la jeune lune
Du miel d’abeille
Des caramels
Du mil toasté
Des petits maquereaux
Des histoires du loup malin
Et du sage lapin


Poor orphan
Motherless child
Fatherless child
Child without brothers or sisters
No one’s child
God is your only hope

Now you have livestock, you have chickens
You have become someone
You have yourself a mother and father

Let’s sleep, my baby
Please, let’s sleep, my baby
Your mother has to go to work
Your mother has to leave

My baby
Your father, your mother
Will bring to you
A crescent moon
Bee honey
Bigeye scad
Stories of the big bad wolf and Br’er Rabbit


from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
ORFON (lyrics and music by Mario Lucio; intro by Zouma Tereta)
Feat: Zoumana Tereta (Mali)
Mario Lucio: Vocal and steel string guitars; Zoumana Tereta: vocal and Soukou; Recorded at Yeleen Studio, Bamako, Mali, November 2009, by Yaya. Produced and arranged by Mario Lucio; assistant: Madouba Camara.



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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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