Petit Son

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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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Petit son

(music and lyrics by Mario Lúcio)

Kel ki N ka odja-bo ko el
Mi N ka pidi-bo
So bu sorriso lebi na nha boca
So bus eros ke di mas humano
So kes odjus bibo ta cume luz
So kel plantaçon de algodón baxu lençol de agu
Lo que en ti no vi no te lo pedí
Sólo tus curvas mas que las demás
Sólo la fruta que no se nombra en vano
Sólo unos alfabetos esculpidos en tus cuevas
Solo el rocío mañanero contando gotas de luna
Só restos di mar na céu di boca
Sólo restos de mar en el cielo de mi boca
Só sílaba antigo memorias de pan
Sola mente nada
Sólo nada
Petit son

Je ne te demande rien que tu n’aies déjà en toi
Seulement ton sourire souple dans ma bouche
Seulement tes erreurs les plus humaines
Seulement tes yeux mangeurs de lumière
Seulement cette plantation de coton sous mes draps d’eau
Je ne te demande rien que tu n’aies déjà en toi
Seulement tes courbes au-delà de toutes les courbes
Seulement ces fruits qu’on ne nomme pas en vain
Seulement l’alphabet sculpté dans tes cavernes
Seulement la rosée matinale pleine des gouttes de lune
Seulement des vieux restes d’arc-en-ciel
Seulement des restes de mer dans le ciel de ma bouche Seulement cet instinct de famine déjà sciée
Seulement des anciennes syllabes, mémoire du pain
Rien d’autre
Absolument rien d’autre
Little petition song

I have never asked you for
Things you don’t have
Only your slight smile on my mouth
Only your most human mistakes
Only your lively light-eating eyes
Only that cotton plantation
Under my sheets of water
Only your curves more curved than all others
Only that fruits whose name we don’t take in vain
Only the alphabets sculpted in your caves
Only the morning dew counting drops of light
Only old sea litter in the sky
Only this muted instinct of famine
Only ancient syllables, memories of bread
Only and simply nothing
Only never mind


from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
PETIT SON (lyrics and music by Mario Lucio)
Feat: Pablo Milanes (Cuba)
Mario Lucio; vocal, guiro, bass and guitar; Pablo Milanes: vocal; Miguel Nuñez: Piano and arrangements; Ramsés Rodríguez Baralt: drums;Yaroldi Abreu: percussion; Sergio Félix Rabeiro: bass . Augusto Diago Carreras, Carlos Suárez Morejón: Violins I; Iresi García Chao, Desirée Justo: Violins II; Roberto Herrera Díaz, Marta Salgado: Violas; Alejandro Rodríguez, Arelis Zaldívar: Cellos : Alexander Abreu: Trompet; Amaury Pérez: Trombone
Recorded at PM studio, Habana, Cuba, May 2009 by Adalberto Hernández Vidal. Produced by Mario Lucio, Miguel Nuñes, Maruchi and Jose da Silva. Mixed by Stéphane Caisson at Do Soul Studio, Paris



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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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