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Nha Mundo by Maria de Barros

Combining tradition with a stylish influence, Maria de Barros brings a fresh approach to Cape Verdean Music. Her debut CD, "Nha Mundo (My World)," is a vibrant tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit. Singing most of the songs in Portuguese/Criolu, let de Barros whisk you to a special place that is filled with laughter and song.

Love of country is a common theme throughout the album. Singing with poetic ease, de Barros delivers an outstanding performance in "Cabo Verde N’ot Era (Cabo Verde In Another Era)." She speaks to the listener about rebuilding, while looking forward to what the future holds. "Regresa (Return)" is a jubilant celebration of independence. It is about coming back to the things you hold dear. De Barros uses her voice as an expressive instrument that blends with the joyous instrumentation. In "Nha Primero Lar (My First Family Home)," you hear the deep longing in her voice for things that once were.

"La Gloria Eres Tu (You Are My Glory)" features de Barros in a sexy duet with Ismael Gallegos. Harmonizing beautifully together, this dynamic duo achieves a state of absolute perfection. The instrumentation is written with a delicate hand that achieves graceful splendor.

While her five-time Grammy nominee godmother, Cesaria Evora, has served as her favorite traditional mentor, you can hear the more modernized tone of de Barros in "Nao, Sore Nhu (No, Sorry Baby)." Urging young women to be strong and find their own path, de Barros says, "Give your love more value." This is a powerful message that should appeal to women of all nationalities.

The title song, "Nha Mundo (My World)" was written by de Barros. You can sense how she has combined the rich history of the past with the voice of the future. Let de Barros invite you to her world for a little while. You won’t regret the trip.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Maria de Barros
  • CD Title: Nha Mundo
  • Genre: World Music
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Narada World
  • Rating: Four Stars
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