Carmen Souza sees herself as a child of the world. She was born in Lisbon but her roots lie on the Cape Verde islands. Souza has studied the islands' musical culture thoroughly and along the way she has mastered the Creol language and traditional rhythms. She began her singing career in a church choir where the producer Theo Pas'cal noticed her. He invited Souza to join his gospel group, which proved to be her breakthrough in her homeland. Those who expect to enjoy warm background music will be disappointed. The Portuguese singer likes to challenge her audience. The complexity of the numbers demands concentration from her listeners and can make it impossible to sit still. Her lyrics go deeper than a quest for love and happiness: for this 28-year-old singer, guitarist and keyboard player, it's all about discovering your true self.