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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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A way of playing called Mario Lucio's style in Cabo Verde


Mario Lucio/Mario Lucio

Vida é ka poço
Vida é ka poça
Vida é ka fosso
Vida é ka fossa
Vida é ka loco
Vida e ka lóca
Vida é ka coco
Nem e ka kel oto
Vida é

Vida é ka posto
Vida é ka posta
Vida é ka pasto
Vida é ka pasta
Vida é ka troco
Vida é ka troca
Vida é ka moco
Nem é ka kel oto
Vida é

Vida é ka sino
Vida é ka sina
Vida é ka tino
Vida é ka tina
Vida é ka nado
Vida é ka noda
Vida é ka fado
Nem é ka kel oto
Vida é

Life isn’t a well
Life isn’t a swell
Life isn’t a ditch
Life isn’t a pitch
Life isn’t crazy
Life isn’t lazy
Life isn’t a cocoanut
Nor is it that other nut
Life is

Life isn’t given twice
Life isn’t just a slice
Life isn’t a meal
Life isn’t a deal
Life isn’t small change
Life isn’t an exchange
Life isn’t drunk
Nor is it that other junk
Life is

Life isn’t a tolling bell
Life isn’t the fate of hell
Life isn’t skill
Life isn’t a till
Life isn’t treading water
Life isn’t bitter fodder
Life isn’t fado
Nor is it that other lado
Life is


from Funanight, track released March 1, 2017
Mario Lucio: Vocals, guitars, shakers. Arrangements and Artistic Director
Recorded at Nas Nuvens Studio, Txada Mato, Praia, Cabo Verde
Gabriel Stuurman: Keys and programm
Recorded at Native Rythms, Johannesbourg by Bongani Sumbanhe
Rob Leonardo: Drums, recorded by Rob Leonardo at XL Studios, Praia, Cabo Verde



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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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