A musician who worked with Cesaria Evora when she appeared on the European stages (he then became director of her orchestra from 1995 to 1998), Bau has proved to be one of the most talented artists of the Cape Verdean scene. Rufino Almeida – a.k.a. Bau - plays violin, guitar and cavaquinho on instruments he made himself, having been taught by his father, a stringed instrument maker in Mindelo.
Bau describes Cape Verde in his own way. He reveals his archipelago’s soul and influences, the mists of melancholy and the sunshine of optimism, the controlled emotions and the indomitable ones. Without a word. Simply elegantly and extraordinarily-inventively flitting between different styles on the strings or his cavaquinho or guitars, or the violin, which he handles with equal delicacy (he devoted an entire album to it in 2000: “Blimundo”). Bau is one of the finest instrumentalists in Cape Verde, a staggering virtuoso, with no tics nor excesses. Of course, we already knew that. But with this compilation “Café Musique”, gathering some of his best recordings, the idea becomes a certainty.
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