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The best kept secret in music


"Luís Silva"

“Besides the healthy update of the Cape Verdian music, the greatest asset of “Segred” is Nancy’s voice, warm and velvety, secure and without artifices beyond the emotions conveyed. Nancy shall not be a secret anymore.” - Correio da Manhã


“Nancy Vieira has been seen as one of the female revelations of the music from Cape Verde ever since her victory on a television competition, to the release of her two solo albums, presenting a new interpretation of Sao Vicente’s music.” -


“Nancy Vieira, an incredible voice, offered two great songs, “Peca sem dor” and a lavish cover of “Alto Cutelo,” during which the room erupted in claps while whispering the song’s closing line “Nôs Terra… Cabo Verde.” -


“Nancy Vieira - A Shining Star
“Nancy Vieira is evidence that possessing a voice does not necessarily mean that you can be a singer. It takes energy, confidence, passion, a fair amount of living, class, grace, and definitely a stage presence to become a great singer. She has it all. »


“Nos raça”, her first album, soon caught the attention of the press stealing Nancy from anonymity and making her a household name in Cape Verde. Little by little her deep and sweet molasses voice has been conquering the world and Nancy has since been invited to be on the same stage with some of the most important singers from Cape Verde such as Cesária Évora, Bana, Tito Paris, Ildo Lobo and Boy Gê Mendes.

In November 2003, Nancy Vieira takes part in the show “Women of Cape Verde” together with several other cape verdian singers, touring the United Kingdom. This show was very well received by the British press, namely by The Independent.

“Segred”, the start-up
In 2004 Nancy Vieira releases “Segred” produced by Toy Vieira, a respected songwriter, musician and producer from Cape Verde. He worked in close collaboration with Djim Job on the arrangements and orchestrations. “Segred” was played by excellent musicians as well: Vaiss, Zé António, Kau Paris, Dalu e Iduino Tavares, amongst others. With this work Nancy becomes a name to be reckoned with in the World Music’s panorama.

“Segred” places Nancy at a professional level and takes her music to international stages in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the USA and Angola, amongst others.

2005 ends in a very positive way for Nancy Vieira, since she is invited to be part of the acclaimed Rui Veloso’s last album “Espuma das Canções”.

From all her accomplishments in 2006, her United Kingdom tour must have been one of its highlights with an extremely successful performance for BBC World Service in Bristol which is later radio broadcast for millions of people, as well as with a concert at the famous Momo’s Kemia Bar in London. She is also invited to the BBC Radio 3, where she is interviewed and where she performs three songs accompanied by her band.

In 2007, the new album “LUS”

Lus is the name of the third album from Nancy Vieira. In this recording, Nancy Vieira mixes her native Cape Verde sounds, like the morna, the coladeira, the funaná and the batuque with foreign music, like Brazilian samba and bossa nova (so widespread in Cape Verde that they became a kind of local music forms), as well as Latin American, such as Peruvian landó and Cuban danzón and son. Vieira’s roots plunge deep in Cape Verde soil, her heart aspires to musical universality.

This is a CD whose sonority is deliberately acoustical. It demonstrates Nancy Vieira’s outstanding vocal capacities, as well as her carefully selected repertoire. The arrangements, from Jorge Cervantes (also a successful musical producer), are kept artfully simple.

Alongside with songs from modern Cape Verde leading composers, like Teófilo Chantre, Jon Luz, Princezito and Vadú, we can listen to a song from Nancy Vieira, Vivê Sabin, where she reveals this unknown facet of her talent.

Lus is a recording where tradition and modernity fuse happily; the recording of a 21st century woman from distant Cape Verde islands, made of courage and love, of ecstasy and nostalgia, of hope and merriment, of destiny and longing, of peace and struggle.

Lus is preceded by Nôs Raça (1995) and Segred (2004), and marks Nancy Vieira’s recent association with HM Musica Record Label.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Nancy Vieira was born, in 1975, by chance in Guine Bissau, where her parents were preparing Cape Verde’s independence. Nancy arrived in Cape Verde when she was only two months old. It was in the Cape Verde islands that her passion for music thrived as she sang for her friends, at her house, accompanied by her father on the guitar. Nancy was fourteen years old when she left Cape Verde to live in Lisbon, since in 1989 her father, Herculano Vieira, occupied the Cape Verde ambassador’s position in Portugal.

In 1995 Nancy Vieira presented herself in front of an audience for the first time when she took part in a singing contest, which she won. The prize was to record an album that was named “Nos raça”.