Paulino Vieira

Nha Primero Lar

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Those familiar with Cesaria Evora's version of the traditional Cape Verdean "Sodade de Nha Terra San Nicolau" will recognize Paulino Vieira's different take on the song, his being a more direct attempt aimed at the contemporary dancefloor. This album is a masterful mix of the traditional music of Vieira's father's era and today's modern Cape Verdean music. The liner notes mention the music that his father played at dances and festivals in Cape Verde. The title cut is a tour de force of passionate longing and sentimental memory for Vieira's first home ("Nha Primero Lar"), Cape Verde. His vocals, combined with the rhythmic intensity of the insistent, emotional drive, make the track unforgettable. This track alone is worth the price of a ticket. Throughout the album the violin and guitar playing is tasteful and full of life. The whole album creates a feeling of ancient ambience, evoking the mysterious quality of these islands. Vieira is well-known in Cape Verdean music circles, and he appears on many albums as a musician and a composer. This recording is both a fine piece of work and a worthy tribute to a traditional style of music that is alive and vital.

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