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In 1952, Gerard Mendes was born in Dakar, birthplace of a large number of Capeverdean people (the archipelago is just far off the coast of Dakar, Senegal). Then he grew up among a colorful community of Malians, Senegaleses, Guineans… and of course, Capeverdeans. Attending a catholic school, he discovered his liking for singing, which he developped throughout parties and villages fairs.
Later, Gerard gained some experience on stage in several
In 1977, with his brother Jean-Claude, Luis Silva and Emmanuel Lima, he formed a 100% Capeverdean band, «Cabo Verde Show», which became the roots band for those who are exile in Paris or in The Netherlands; this step has been decisive: a desire for writing songs in his native language, Capeverdean, was born.
On the Cabo Verde Show second LP, Gerard Mendes signed three compositions, highly acclaimed by the community. This success fanned the flames of going beyond.
He quit The Cabo Verde Show and started a new project with his brother: «Mendes & Mendes». In 1983, after three other LPs, he left
In 1990, something went click : Gerard Mendes became Boy Ge Mendes, a passing reference to his childhood’s nickname (in
After years of tours and concerts, Boy Ge Mendes decided to make a break. The migrating bird wanted to fly. From Brazil, New-York, Senegal to The Cabo Verde, he dragged his guitar around, Mendes was simply happy with garnering some melodies in the back of his mind. This is how Lagoa (“The lagoon” produced by Lusafrica) was born, a new composition and the symbolic title of his eighth recording. That was the album of rebirth, return to homeland, intimacy.
As soon as this CD is out, he left Nice and went back to Cabo Verde. He was finally there, between the city of
The Cabo Verde he loved, the one of the carnival and the San Jon celebrations (
In the islands, Boy Ge recovered peace and serenity, favorable to meditation and creation. Hence, he composed the songs of his new album, the ninth one, that he has recorded in
This album is all sweetness and sensuality, it brings in an elegant musical atmosphere, in which everything is just cleverly right and where Boy Ge Mendes sings his love and passion for that little country.
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