Djosinha

Nos Dom

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With 18 records to his credit, Djosinha has been a mainstay in Cape Verdean music for over 25 years. His previous album, Simpatia, was a huge success in the Cape Verdean community and marked a comeback for the artist after 25 years. Nos Dom translates as "Our Gift." This gift, say the liners, is the ability of an entire people to preserve a legacy and pass it on to future generations. The first track, "Nha Chica," tells you why he has been so popular with Cape Verdeans. The cut is a classic coladeira, a dance rhythm unique to the region. It is a dance with swing, sway, and turns that are hypnotic to watch and dance to as well. Much of the new generation's take on coladeira is to make it sound exactly like zouk. The veterans, like Djosinha, preserve that traditional sound which makes coladeira and other dance rhythms of Cape Verde so unique and appealing. "Antoninho Bodi II" is a remake of the same song done on the album Simpatia. The sound might be slightly better here, but the earlier version has slightly more steam. The album also contains several mornas, the slow ballads that usually tell of sad times and sorrow. The title cut is a coladeira that pops and pumps with a deceptively simple bassline. Djosinha has preserved the gift well and passed it on to future generations. This is what he does best.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:32
2
3
4:17
4
4:14
5
4:38
6
5:05
7
4:14
8
3:56
9
4:48
10
4:00
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