Praise for Cape Verdean Blues, the New Album from Award-Winning Vocalist and Composer Kavita Shah
Critical praise is rolling in for the just released album by award-winning vocalist, composer, and educator Kavita Shah, Cape Verdean Blues, out now on the new global music label Folkalist Records.
The carefully curated album of traditional Cape Verdean mornas and coladeiras is also a tribute to the charismatic and unapologetically individual Cape Verdean vocalist Cesária Évora, and a love letter to her breathtaking archipelago and its welcoming people. Shah is joined by Évora’s former bandmates Miroca Paris on percussion, and Bau, the master instrumentalist, on guitars and cavaquinho.
With a successful debut U.S. tour, including recently sold out shows in New York City and Washington D.C., Shah will embark on an international tour in November. Read on for what critics are saying and for a full list of upcoming tour dates.
Riveting…Shah’s vocals maintain pitch-perfect clarity
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
A gorgeous blend of finger-picked guitar and hand percussion, paying tribute to Cape Verdean vocalist Cesária Évora and drawing on jazz, through Shah’s scatting, as much as folk tradition in its selection of standards.
– THE GUARDIAN
A stunning paean…[an] incredibly special recording [*Editor’s Pick]
A lovely recording
– WNYC NEW SOUNDS
(Live performance and interview scheduled to air later this month)
Pristine and expressive vocals infused with jazz influences, incorporating vocal improvisations and lush textures…the musical arrangements are equally exquisite
– WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL
Nov 1 – Lisbon, Portugal | Centro Cultural do Belem – f. special guest Nancy Vieira
Nov 2 – Porto, Portugal | Casa da Música – Sala 2
Nov 3 – Lamego, Portugal | Teatro Ribeiro Conceição
Nov 10 – Praia, Cape Verde | Palácio da Cultura Ildo Lobo
Nov 11 – Praia, Cape Verde | Palácio da Cultura Ildo Lobo
Nov 17 – Mindelo, Cape Verde | Centro Cultural do Mindelo
Dec 2 – Paris, France | Le Bal Blomet