The thirty-year-old star singer Lura, who established her name in 2004 with Di Korpu Ku Alma, a CD sung in Cape Verdean style, has become popular in a short time. She has been called the crown princess of the melancholically singing Cesaria Evora. But the Lisbon born and raised Lura isn't suffering much from homesickness for the motherland. She, Maria de Lurdes Pina Assunçao, belongs to the young generation of musicians with Cape Verdean roots who not alone honor the music of their ancestors, but most of all modernize the genre. Although the traditional music of the islands already ís a melting pot of oversees influences from Africa, South America and Europe, Lura doesn't shy away from putting some more styles in the music of her new CD M'bem di Fora. Cape Verdian rhythms and tempos, such as the cheerful sensual coladeira, but also r&b and African zouk, return in the repertoire that was, among others, written by Orlando Pantera, the Cape Verdean singer who recently passed away.
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