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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)


Cruzado é jogo
Trocado é intriga
Dado é cumprido
Faltado é falsia
D’amor é poesia

De Rei é Lei
De Senhor, Amén
Mal scrito é erro
Bem scrito é arte
Firmado é promessa

Di bô é simplesmente um língua na nha boca

De vivo é vento
De morto é herança
De honra é aval
Às vez é lamento
De ordi é pa grita

Gritado é força
Às vez é fraqueza
Rimado é beleza
Rumado é blá-blá
Xintido é oraçon
Di bó é simplesmente um língua na nha boca

A favor é argumento
Cantado é finaçon
Titubeado é gaguez
Truncado é mudez
Calado, hmm! Desconfia

De Romeu é Julieta
De Quixote é loucura
De Buda é sapiência
De Fidel, persistência
Di meu podi ser banal
Ma di bó ê simplesmente um língua na nha boca

Des Mots:

Croisés sont un jeu
Trichés, des intrigues
Confiés, à respecter
Manqués, trahison
D’amour, poésie

Du Roi sont des lois
Du Seigneur, Amen
Mal écrits, erreur
Bien écrits, de l’art
Signés, promis

Mais les tiens sont simplement une langue dans ma bouche

Des Mots :

Des vivants sont des vents
Des morts, héritages
D’honneur, un aval une garantie
Parfois, lamentation
D’ordre, à hurler

Hurlés sont signes de force
Parfois, de fragilité
Rimés, de la beauté
Rhétoriques, vides
Sentis, une prière

Mais les tiens sont simplement une langue dans ma bouche

Des Mots :

En faveur sont un argument
Chantés, des paroles
Trébuchants, du bégaiement
Avalés, muets
En silence, hm !, suspicion

De Roméo sont pour Juliette
De Don Quichotte, folie
De Bouddha, sagesse
De Fidel, persistance
Les miens peuvent être banals

Mais les tiens sont simplement une langue dans ma bouche Word

Crossed, they’re a game
Given, they’re kept
Broken, they’re betrayal
Of love and poetry

Those of the king are law
Those of the Lord, Amen
Badly written, they’re a typo
Well written, they’re art
Signed, they’re a promise
And yours are simply a tongue in my mouth

Of the living are wind
Of the deceased, heritage
Of honor, a guarantee
Sometimes a lament
Words of order are to be shouted

Shouted, they’re strength
Sometimes they’re weakness
Rhymed, they’re beauty
Highfalutin, they’re chatter
Heartfelt, they’re prayer
And yours are simply a tongue in my mouth

In favor, they’re an argument
Sung, they’re lyrics
Faltering, they’re a stutter
Cut short, they’re muteness
Quiet, hmmm! Suspicion

Romeo’s is Juliette
Quixote’s is madness
Buddha’s is wisdom
Fidel’s is persistence
Mine may be banal
But yours is simply a tongue in my mouth


from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
PALAVRA (lyrics and music by Mario Lucio)
Mario Lucio: Vocal and guitar; Rogério Caetano: 7 string guitar; Sidinho Moreira: Percussion. Recorded at Nas Nuvens Studio, Praia, Cape Verde, 2008, by MLS. Recorded and mixed at Zaga Studio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2009, by Alex Moreira. Produced and arranged by Mario Lucio and Leo Gandelman.



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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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