We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Mayra Andrade, the 29-years old heiress apparent to Cesária Evora, at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s on March 10th.
The singer has been universally celebrated for her modern interpretation of the traditional Cape Verdean Morna music, sung in the gentle and breezy Portuguese Crioulo language. The African rhythm sounds remarkably Brazilian, despite hardly any cultural connection between the two countries over the centuries.
The first song Mayra remembers singing is O Leãozinho by Caetano Veloso, whom she often describes as a key musical influence.
Mayra lived in Senegal, Angola and Germany during her childhood and moved to Paris at the age of 17, where she is still based.
According to Ronnie Scott’s, “Mayra Andrade’s multi-layered music embraces Brazilian inflections, Cuban melodies, funky basslines and flamenco guitars to create a heady mix of sounds. Andrade is arguably the front-runner of the many talents that have emerged from Cape Verde in recent years.
“On her fourth album, Lovely Difficult, Mayra Andrade draws a world map that runs from her native Cap Verde to European pop and Tropicalist dreams. A confidential, generous, multilingual album.”
Just send an e-mail to email@example.com if you want to enter the competition, or visit Ronnie Scott’s website if you want to buy some tickets. The Cape Verdian artist will also be performing on March 11th.
JungleDrums will be present at the event so watch out for a smashing review!
Photo by Patricia Nakashima