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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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(letra: Mário Lúcio e Harry Belafonte; música: Mário Lucio)

Ca tem nenhum manera de credita na Deus sem ama terra

Ca tem nenhum Deus que ca faze Terra si é ca pamódi nós

Ca tem nenhum Terra qui ca ta desespera dess manera

Ah Aleluia alias Moon
Ah Aleluia a la Luna
Ah Aleluya a la Lune
Ah Alehuia ala Lua

Ca tem nenhum di nós qui ca sunha cu um terra sem frontera

Ca tem nenhum razão pa tanto falta de razão

Ca tem nenhum falta qui caba co el caba um Planeta

“… Oliver Tambo, djunto ku jovem Thabo Mbeki, kanto inda es sta ta preparaba pa es ben serba cabeças de um Africa do Sul demokratiku…. Susulu, Bispo Desmond Tutu, Winnie Mandela, Albertina Susulu, gentis ki sai tudo di un mesmo lugar di luta, e ki não só ilumina-nu, compensa-nu, o mostrá-nu módi kes fazi ses rivoluçon, má tambe, móde kes lida ku ses jovem independencia e ku más recente democracia di África. Jomo Kenyatta, Miriam Makeba… Tunísia, ku Habib Bourguiba; Senegal, ku Senghor… Guiné, ku Sékou Touré, Amílcar Cabral… Mozambique, Angola… Tudu ess pessoas, es liders , es forças li, intxi-m nha cabeça de oportunidades, e intxi-m nha coraçon di orgulhu, e nha alma de aventura.


Il est impossible d’aimer
Le bon Dieu
Sans aimer la Terre

Il est impossible de penser
un Dieu Qui n’a pas fait la Terre pour nous

Il est impossible que la Terre
Ne soit pas désespérée
Telle que nous la traitons

Il est impossible de trouver
Quelqu’un qui n’a jamais rêvé
D’une Terre sans frontières

Il est impossible de trouver
Une raison qui explique
notre grave manque de raison

Il est impossible de justifier
Tout ce que nous faisons
Seulement avec nos besoins

Oliver Tambo, avec le jeune Thabo Mbeki, à l’époque ils se préparaient pour devenir les leaders d’une Afrique du Sud démocratique. … Susulu, l´évêque Desmond Tutu, Winnie Mandela, Albertina Susulu, ces gens qui ont émergé d’une même région de lutte ont fait plus que nous illuminer et nous encourager, ou simplement nous montrer comment ils ont habilement dirigé leur révolution. Ils nous ont aussi montré comment ils ont, avec succès, administré leur jeune indépendance et les plus récentes des démocraties africaines. Jomo Kenyata et Miriam Makeba ; La Tunisie, avec Habib Bourguiba ; Le Sénégal, avec Senghor, la Guinée, avec Sékou Touré, Amilcar Cabral ; le Mozambique, l’Angola… Tous ces gens, ces leaders, ces forces ont remplis ma tête d’opportunités, mon cœur de fierté et mon âme d’aventure.


There’s no way
To love God
Without loving Earth

There’s no God
Who didn’t make Earth
Thinking of us

There’s no Earth
That doesn’t become
Desperate in this way

Ah Aleluya alias moon
Ah Aleluya a la Luna
Ah Aleluya à la Lune
Ah Aleluya ala Lua

There’s no one
Who has never dreamed
Of a land without borders

There’s no reason
No reason for
such a lack of reason

There’s no need
That can justify
Such a sacrifice

“… Oliver Tambo, together with young Thabo Mbeki, when he was in his training period, preparing for his later role as head of state for democratic South Africa. Susulu, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Winnie Mandela, Albertina Susulu, all of these people that came from that one region of struggle did more than anoint us and reward us, or that only how skillfully they handled their own revolution, but how successfully they managed their newly-found independence and the newest of the African democracies… Jomo Kenyatta, Miriam Makeba… Tunisia-Habib Bourguiba; Senegal, with Senghor… Guinea, with Sékou Touré, Amílcar Cabral, Mozambique, Angola… All these people, all these leaders, all these forces filled my cup with opportunity and filled my heart with pride and my soul with adventure.


from Kreol, released December 21, 2010
PLANET (lyrics and music by Mario Lucio; speech by Harry Belafonte)
Feat: Harry Belafonte
Mario Lucio: vocals, Choir, Guitar, electric guitar, Bass and drums. Harry Belafonte: Vocal; Recorded at Nas Nuvens studio, Praia, Cape Verde, 2009, by MLS; Mixed by Alex Moreira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009. Produced and arranged by Mario Lúcio.



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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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