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Lura


A Portuguese-speaking artist, Lura stands at the crossroads of Portuguese and Cape Verdean culture. Born in Lisbon in 1975 (the year of her country’s independence), she remains strongly attached to her family’s native land and the culture of Cape Verde. At the age of seventeen, she was already dancing and singing backing vocals for Juka, a Sao Tomé zouk singer. Giving up her swimming studies, she took the plunge into the musical deep end and soon acquired a reputation as a singer in her own right. In 1996, she recorded a first urban album of r&b and Afro-Portuguese zouk.
A well-received duet with Angolan singer Bonga, then partnerships with her fellow countrymen Tito Paris and Paulinho Vieira caught the ear of José Da Silva, head of Lusafrica and Cesaria Evora’s producer, and he signed her to his label. Lura released her first proper album, “Di Korpu ku Alma”, in 2004. It met with strong critical acclaim.

Following the success of her next album, “M'bem di Fora”, which came out in 2006, Lura travelled the world, winning over audiences who proved ever more loyal and attentive to her music. Thanks to her, Cape Verde’s younger generations rediscovered their local musical heritage. They began to dance, fall in love and weep to the beats their parents and grandparents loved. Displaying great maturity, “M'bem di Fora” laid the foundations for Lura’s future songs and now her new album, “Eclipse”.
Today, she lays firm claim to her Cape Verdean roots, as if all the better to transcend them. “I sing the music of my parents’ country. I identify especially with Santiago and Santo Antao, since they’re my father and mother’s islands. Singing the music of Cape Verde is like experiencing things I’ve never known,” she explains in smiling French.

Growing up in the Creole quarter of Lisbon, Lura was surrounded by beats from the leeward and windward islands, as well as Portuguese pop, jazz, African music and American soul. Today, all these influences are to be found on “Eclipse”.

 

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Artist's albums

M'bem di fora

M'bem di fora - Tcheka - CD, world music album, lusafrica
12.00 €

Di korpu ku alma

Di korpu ku alma - Lura - CD, world music album,lusafrica
12.00 €

Eclipse

Lura, cape-verde, world music, lusafrica
12.00 €

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jdsmanagement@gmail.com

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