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Sounds of Cape Verde: Lucibela

September 27, 2019
Bing Studio

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Lucibela began to show an interest in singing at a very early age. When her family moved to Mindelo on the island of São Vicente, it proved to be the perfect place for her to build on her childhood passion. As an adult, she started to sing in the hotels of Santa Maria on the island of Sal and Sal Rei on the island of Boa Vista. She perfected her technique and became an immediate hit with the tourists, performing songs made famous by the great singers of Cabo Verde: Cesária Évora, Titina, Bana. On her first record, Laço umbilical, Lucibela–the–voice–of–gold explores being a woman and a Cabo–Verdean, living far away and loving with sensuality and grace. The secret of Lucibela’s extraordinary vocal technique lies in her ability to explore the deep register of Brazil’s great sambistas while adding a thrilling vibrato.

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