Musiques Métisses - 40 ans de Festival d'Angoulême
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His songwriting talents aside, Teofilo Chantre has followed a much-appreciated solo career since 1993 and the album “Terra & Cretcheu”, independent of fashion and other transient trends in the performing arts. Rooted in saudade - an Atlantic emotion combining regret, desire and sorrow - Teofilo Chantre’s music tells of how he left his native island of São Vicente for Europe at the age of fourteen and alludes to the many return trips that followed. Chantre has been a musician for thirty years and has achieved an impressive maturity as both a singer and writer of Cape Verdean classics.
“meStissage”, the sixth studio album in a series teeming with references to travel and homeland, is certainly his widest-ranging, most accomplished record to date. A jewel of acoustic sketches and Atlantic melancholy, its thirteen songs stray from the beaten path and set out in search of a generous musical fusion. The first song on the album, Tu verrais (You’d see), is fashioned with true, delicate craftsmanship. Singing in French, Teofilo brings us a paean to the good life, reminiscent of Cape Verdean morabeza and underlined by the bitter-sweet accordion of Jacky Fourniret who has been playing with Teofilo since the early days.
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