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    Funaná is dancing. It is a song to dance, a song of dance, uprising and rhythm. It is also a song to contemplate, an intention to dance, an emotion that we inhabit through the movements of our bodies. Funaná is an energetic song, which carries at the same time the power and fragility of life. It is an awareness of the instant. Tomorrow will be difficult or beautiful, but for now we dance. We do not dance to forget or to have forgotten, we dance in fullness. We dance with everything, with everything that yesterday brought us of pain, torments, and uncertainties, but also of love, desire and joy. We dance integers, vibrants with each other. Dancing, we listen to the mystery, we feel all the poetry, we capture the essence.

    This is my homage. Hail all of those who came before me.

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another style of funaná called "compassado"


Mario Lucio/Mario Lucio

Pintón txuputi nha bedja
Nha bedja ka graba
Pintón ki graba, pintón

Pintón, é certo ma tamanho ka documento
Pintón, ma tudo cusa tem si momento
Pintón, dexa de ser pikinoti
Pintón, é difícil ser galo ku alma de txintxiroti

Pintón, dexa di cumé unha di pé
Pintón, nutriçon ás vez é um questón de fé
Pintón, é preciso ter asa pa txiga pulero
Pintón, antes pó turbante bu tem ki tra cuero

Pintón, é ka crista de galo ki pô Cristo negado
Pintón, fina spória ka ta pô canto afinado
Pintón, dexa de ser de pedra se idade
Pintón, idade é só um parte de mediocridade

Pinton bá Lisboa djobé galinha de ovos de ouro
Pinton ca cria pa galo galába él ses obo
Pintón nton atcha ma galo é um déspota
Pintón nton bó é fidjo de déspota.

The chick pecked the old woman on the ankle
The old woman didn’t get angry
The one that ended up getting angry was the chick

Chickee, it’s true that size doesn’t matter
But chickee, there’s a time and place for everything
Chickee, stop being little
Chickee, it’s hard to be a rooster if you’ve got the soul of a sparrow

Chickee, stop eating toenails
Chickee, sometimes nutrition’s a question of faith
Chickee, you’ve got to have wings to make it into the henhouse
Chickee, before you put on a turban you’ve got to stop wearing diapers

Chickee, it wasn’t a rooster’s crest that made them deny Christ
Chickee, sharpening your spurs doesn’t keep you from singing flat
Chickee, stop acting the stone’s age
Chickee, the middle in Middle Ages is just a part of Medi-ocrity

The chick traveled abroad to look for the chicken with the golden eggs
The chick didn’t want the rooster to tout his eggs
‘Cause chick thought the rooster was a despot
But chick, you’re a son of a diss pot


from Funanight, track released March 1, 2017
Mario Lucio: Vocals _ and guitars. Arrangements and Artistic Director
Gi: Ferro
Recorded at Nas Nuvens, Txada Mato, Praia, Cabo Verde
Adão Brito: Bass:
Jorge Pimpas: Drums:
Recorded at XL Studio, Praia,
Sound engineer: Rob Leonardo

Miguel Nuñez: Arrangements for sax and trompet
German Velazco: sax and flute
Molote: Trompete
Recorded at Estúdio dBega, Havana, Cuba
Sound Engineer: Carlos dBega

Khola Phalatse: complementary bass
Recorded at Native Rhythms Studios, Johannesburg

Rafael Meninão: acordeon
Recorded at Plaza Studio, Rio de Janeiro
Sound engineer: Alex Moreira



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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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