Due to illness Gurrumul will no longer be performing with Mayra Andrade for this concert. Trinidad and Tobago's Calypso Rose will take Gurrumul’s place and open.
Mayra Andrade is arguably the front-runner of the many talents who have emerged from Cape Verde in recent years. Whilst Calypso Rose, the 'diva of the Caribbean', blends the sweet sounds and rhythms of calypso, reggae, soul and the blues. FreeStage 4.15-5.15pm Benin City 6.30 - 7.30pm Rupa and the April Fishes Fountain Room 2-2.45pm A-Line 5.30-6pm Left With Pictures
The singer, songwriter and guitarist Andrade has created several unforgettable evenings of music at the Barbican. With a golden but earthy voice, and always accompanied by tight and sympathetic bands, she has balanced her folk roots with a searching musical spirit.
Born in Cuba in 1985, Andrade spent her earliest years in Cape Verde and since the 1990s has lived in several places, including Senegal, Angola and Germany. Fittingly, she says her music draws on all possible sources ‘from radical free jazz to Brazilian music … More than a singer from Cape Verde, I’m a singer, period’.
‘Andrade effortlessly blends the morna tradition with elements of samba and a soupçon of francophone romance’. The Times
'A stunningly delicate Creole voice...' The Sunday Times Calypso Rose Calypso and Soca’s living legend, Calypso Rose was born in Tobago in 1940. Today she lives in Queen’s, New York, but each year she returns to Tobago, ‘to come back to herself’ as Rose puts it. She has written more than 800 songs and has performed all over the world, last year releasing her first international album to great acclaim.
'Incredibly, it’s the first by Rose to ever be released on an international label, and clearly proves that she’s a musical diva of the same high standing as Cesaria Evora or Rita Marley… Calypso Rose’s debut on the world stage may well have been a long time coming, but it’s been worth the wait. Don’t try to resist – get winin.' Songlines***** Mayra Andrade EPK