Carmen Souza


From 'Verdade'
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  • Carmen Souza (Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Wurlitzer and Rhodes)
  • Pedro Segundo (Percussions)
  • Theo Pas'cal (Acoustic Bass, Double Bass, Backvocals)
  • Victor Zamora or Jonathan Idiagbonya (grand piano)


Carmen Souza is not the usual traditional Cape Verdean singer, she's not comparable to any other, she has her own space with her unmistakeably female, but dark, deep and earthy voice and a sound described by Tim Cumming in the Independent has "distinctive fusion of classic, lilting Cape Verdean musical forms and Jazz."

Carmen absorbed all her influences from her ancestral Cape Verde and "the world of Jazz", that so much inspires her, to create something truly unique that will appeal to a bigger and even more sophisticated audience beyond World Music. Like Con Murphy from Fly says: " Carmen Souza is carving her own little Afro-European jazz niche here smooth but not too soft, mellow without being too laid-back, and with a neat approach to song-craft..."

In "Verdade" Carmen Souza signs an exciting and melodically vibrant repertoire in Creole that, say Alex Robinson in the Songlines, "gets progressively more interesting on each subsequent listen." She also co-produces the album and features on Wurlitzer and guitar.

Her uniqueness was already spotted by music specialists in US and Carmen Souza name and music will be referenced in 2 different books to be released in 2010.
At the world-renowned ethnomusicologist on Africa and Jazz Musician, Gerhard Kubik's next book "Jazz Transatlantic" and "Beyond Independence: Globalization, Postcolonialism, and the Cultures of Lusophone Africa", the most extensive study in English on the globalization of Cape Verdean music by Fernando Arenas from the University of Minnesota.

"Thanks to the highly unique sound produced by Carmen Souza and her exceptional band members, they are expanding the boundaries of what constitutes Cape Verdean music, world music, and jazz." Fernando Arenas, University of Minnesota.