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Nancy Vieira

Carcavelos, Lisbon, Portugal

Carcavelos, Lisbon, Portugal
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Nancy Vieira, a "princesa da voz de
ouro", como lhe chama Paulino Vieira,um dos maiores músicos caboverdianosda actualidade, não hesitouem quebrar a tradicional solenidade da sala de música de câmara da Philharmonie no seu concerto de 13 de Fevereiro.
Apresentando-se de pés descalços
e acompanhada por Paló na guitarra e cavaquinho, Moisés Ramos no piano, Juvenal Cabral (dos Tabanka Djaz) no baixo, e Abel Baptista nas percussões, a cantora transportou os espectadores com a sua voz
quente, suave, doce e melodiosa atéàs ilhas de Cabo Verde.
Alternando os momentos intimistas
das "mornas" com outros puramente festivos, a estrela cabo-verdiana mais promissora da música
recente daquele arquipélago conquistou,desde os primeiros instantes,com a sua boa disposição e alegria contagiantes, o público de
diferentes origens que havia esgotado a sala. Este deixou-se depressa seduzir pelos ritmos sincopados das "coladeras" e "funanás". Uma espectadora
não resistiu a subir ao palco para dançar com a cantora emostrar como se dança o "batuku".
Nancy conseguiu até, com a sua
simplicidade, simpatia e generosidade,
pôr o público a entoar consigo
"Olélé", uma música cantada durante os casamentos típicos caboverdianos.
A cantora aproveitou sobretudo
para interpretar canções do seu último álbum "Lus" (2007) e alguns de"Segred" (2004), compostos pelos melhores autores-compositores do seu país, como Teófilo Chantre, Jon
Luz, Princezito e Vadú. A pedido de
um espectador, recordou "Manu",
uma das músicas do seu primeiro
álbum ("Nos Raça", 1995), canção
que fala da diáspora cabo-verdiana.
Filha de pais cabo-verdianos,
Nancy nasceu em 1975 na Guiné-
Bissau e emigrou para Lisboa aos 14 anos. Hoje sente que faz parte dos dois países. Também já trabalhou com artistas portugueses como Rui
Veloso e a Ala dos Namorados.
"Paulo de Carvalho prepara-se para
gravar uma morna que conheceu
através do meu disco", revela orgulhosa ao CONTACTO.
"Quando estou no estrangeiro,
emociona-me ouvir um fado, tanto
como uma morna", conta a cantora,
para quem Portugal e Cabo Verde
têm definitivamente muito mais do
que a "sôdade" em comum.
Porque canta descalça? Segundo
a cantora, não tem nada a ver com
Cesária Évora, "a diva dos pés descalços", artista por quem nutre o maior respeito e admiração. "É simplesmente porque é mais confortável", admite num sorriso sincero.
O concerto na Philharmonie
constituiu a sua segunda actuação
no Luxemburgo, onde viera pela
primeira vez em Maio de 2006, para
a festa de lançamento da organização não governamental (ONG) "Cap Vert Espoir et Développement", no
Grund.
Nos bastidores e após o concerto,
Nancy teve ainda a surpresa de
reencontrar um amigo de infância,
radicado há anos no Luxemburgo.
Era tempo de nos retirarmos.
- Jessica Lobo/José Luís Correia


Nancy Vieira was born to Cape Verdean parents from the island of Boa Vista in 1975 in Guinea Bissau. Both her parents were in the country as independence fighters. In fact, her mother was the secretary for Amilcar Cabral.

The Vieira family moved back to Cape Verde, but this time to Santiago, shortly before Guinea Bissau won its independence. It was here that Nancy would listen to songs from Boa Vista, sang by her musical father.

When she reached her teens, Nancy left Cape Verde to study in Lisbon, later working as a community worker in some of the most crime ridden areas of the City.

In 1995, after persuasion from some friends, Nancy entered and won a talent contest on Portuguese television. Her prize was to record an album Nos Raca). Since then she hasn’t looked back.

She has since toured the world, including her in the UK (see previous articles). In 2006 Nancy appeared on the BBC World Service and on BBC Radio 3, together attracting 8 million listeners.

We look forward to her next visit to the UK. It is definitely worth the wait!

http://www.capeverdeinlondon.co.uk/#/artmusicandculture/4526553550 - Arstist of the mouth


Nancy Vieira emmène la Philharmonie jusqu'au Cap-Vert

Nancy Vieira a envahie la Philharmonie de chaleur et de rythmes Cap-Verdiens.
Nancy Vieira, n’a pas hésité à mélanger joie et bonne humeur dans la petite salle de la Philharmonie ce mercredi dernier au Kirchberg. Pieds nus, accompagnée de ses musiciens, la chanteuse a emmené le public jusqu'aux îles du Cap-Vert en leur interprétant des chansons typiques de son pays comme la morna et la coladêra. Très communicative et gorgée d’énergie, Nancy a insisté à faire participer les spectateurs au spectacle les faisant chanter et danser. La chanteuse va même jusqu’à demander à une spectatrice de venir danser sur scène avec elle. À la fin de la soirée, la princesse à la voix d’or, comme on l’appelle dans son pays, n’a pas oublié de remercier le public, pour ce beau voyage partagé.

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Discography

1995, “Nôs raça”
2004, “Segred”
2007, “Lus”

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Nancy Vieira was born in Africa and it’s all said pretty much. From her way of being and unravelling things of life, emerges a torrent of emotions which, among sadness and joy, also reflects a sweet hope in a better world.
There’s no hate, anger or rebellion in her voice. Instead there’s an absolute coherence as sweet and proud as only a Cape-verdian could have.
She was born, by chance, in Guinea-Bissau in 1975. With only 4 months she moves to Cidade da Praia in Cape-Verde, her parents’ homeland, where she grows and lives until the age of 10, when her family moves again to São Vicente. From those times, she keeps memories of a happy childhood: “At night, we did without television, rather met with friends at the school square to play hide and seek”.
The School of Praia, the beach of Quebra-Canela, São Francisco, Praia Baixo and Tarrafal, car strolls with her parents, fill her recollections. She was a girl-scout, had dancing lessons and sang, but only to amuse herself: “I liked to go singing with my girlfriends to the Protestant Church in front of my house”. She reckons it had nothing to do with religion, even because she was raised within catholic faith; she just went there for the pleasure of singing.
In São Vicente, already a young woman, Nancy recalls the secondary schools Jorge Barbosa and Ludgero Lima, where she studied until the age of 14. There, the strolls were no longer in company of her parents but of her colleagues and friends. She kindly reminds the weekend’ baths at the beach of Laginha and Baía das Gatas.
It was in this scenery that her passion for music fully aroused: she used to sing among friends and at home, with her father playing guitar.
With 14 years old, she moves to Portugal. While she continues her studies in Lisbon, she goes on singing among friends, likeness to what happened in Cape-Verde, until 1995, when she presents herself in public for the first time in a contest from which she came out as the winner and which prize resulted in her first record, Nos Raça.
This record immediately caught the attention of her people, back at home or abroad, and definitely pulls out Nancy Vieira from anonymity, starting to score in the panorama of music from her own roots, along with other significant names such as Cesária Évora, Titína, Bana, Tito Paris, Ildo Lobo, Boy Gê Mendes, among others.
She took part in important shows like “Women of Cape-Verde”, in the United Kingdom (Tour 2003), next to other recent revelations, such as Maria Alice, Lura and Rita Lobo.
This was just another step to launch her career. With a higher relief and an excellent review in The Independent, she sets off to a new stage and to a new record, Segred, in charge of Toy Vieira (Production and Musical Direction) and Djim Job (Arrangements and Orchestration). And she definitely takes over the place where Cape-Verde’s music belongs: The Whole World.
Some say the Sea has always been there in Earth’s and Mankind’s History. Some say that the Sea is always the same; the waters are and will always be the same. The Path is always the same. We may also say that the Light which has been lighting us along the years and all these journeys is the same. Some times brighter, other times less, but always the same. It stays even in space. In Earth it’s always there, even in the darkest night it shows its reflection, in the physical space and inside our soul. It’s part of our history, of our paths, of our joys and sorrows.
Some also say that the Portuguese and the Spanish were the most travelled people throughout the world, but no one can forget the African people, who took part in every journey. With him he took his cultures, his attitude, his influences – most of them have its reflection in most of the more important folk music on the planet.
Lus, Nancy Vieira’s third album, thus marks a bet in the crossing between Cape-verdian sonorities, like morna, coladeira, funaná and batuque, and sounds from other places, namely Brazil (samba and bossa nova, already adopted as Cape-verdian musical genres) and Latin America – Peru (landón) and Cuba (danzón and son).
In Lus, Nancy Vieira stands up as a Cape-verdian singer, claiming all the influences that her people gave to the world, in a meeting between her deepest Cape-verdian roots and a musical universality.
With an entirely acoustic sonority, Nancy Vieira’s new album points out not only her undeniable vocal quality, but also the musical quality of the selected repertoire. The arrangements, mostly by the musical producer Jorge Cervantes, tend to an assumed simplicity.
Along with compositions by some of the best Cape-verdian authors of nowadays, such as Teófilo Chantre, Jon Luz, Princezito and Vadú, we find a theme by the singer herself, here revealing for the first time her feature of author/composer in “Vivê Sabin”.
Lus is a record of tradition and modernity, courage and love, nostalgia and joy, hope and celebration, destiny and longing, struggle and peace, from a C