MAYRA AN­DRADE

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Mayra An­drade has had 24 years of an un­usu­ally peri­patetic life­style. Born in Cuba and some­time res­i­dent of Sene­gal, An­gola, Ger­many and now France. Her mu­si­cal and fam­ily roots are nev­er­the­less in the At­lantic is­lands of Cape Verde. Fol­low­ing her con­fi­dent and ac­claimed de­but,

Navega, she has teamed up with Brazil­ian pro­ducer Ale Siqueira, bring­ing ex­tra South Amer­i­can gloss to her charm­ing, easy­go­ing style. There are Cape Verdean co­ladeiras and soul­ful samba sketches, classy in­stru­men­tal touches and jazzy in­flec­tions un­der­pinned by Brazil­ian per­cus­sion, plus guests of the stature of ar­ranger and cel­list Jaques More­len­baum and pi­anist Roberto Fon­seca. The over­all mood is sweetly melodic and in­fec­tious, the vo­cals are ut­terly se­duc­tive, and the whole al­bum swings ef­fort­lessly. Add some global sun­shine to your next evening in. www.mayraan­drade.com

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