"KACHUPADA" - Carmen Souza


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FRANCE 25 SEP (HARMONIA MUNDI)
GERMANY 28 SEP (GALILEO-MC.DE)
UK & REST OF WORLD FEB 2013

PRESS RELEASE
The new album is called Kachupada and it was recorded in London and Lisbon to be released in September 2012. The title of the album was inspired by the favorite Cape Verdean dish Cachupa that, with its wide variety of ingredients and spices, reflects the multiplicity of influences in Carmen Souza´s music.

Carmen Souza tells stories taken from real life, she indulges in melancholy, radiates vitality and on the wings of her African heritage she resorts to her rich musical treasure trove. With her extravagant voice Carmen Souza intermingles jazz-lines with Cape Verdean sounds, scatting tunes, caressing the melodies. Thus her interpretation of the jazz-standards „My Favourite Things“ (Richard Rogers / Oscar Hammerstein II) or „Donna Lee“ (Charlie Parker / Miles Davis) sounds exotic, fascinating and at the same time very familiar.
Again, Theo Pas´cal shows an incredible instinct for arranging not only these melodies for Carmen Souza in a perfect manner.

Dazzling, thrilling, extraordinary: Carmen Souza reveals the wide range of her muscial ability as singer-/songwriter as well as excellent pianist and guitarist. Theo Pas´cal, who is responsible for the coherent arrangements, again accompanies in an ingenious way on bass.

After the release of three successful studio-albums and countless concerts given all over the world, Carmen Souza has become a reference of Cape Verdean music. Like no other artist she embodies an eclectic type of music, inspiring a new generation of Cape Verdean musicians by the independence of jazz.

FIRST REVIEWS:

4 STARS "Elle est inclassable....C’est frais, épicé, profond, sympathique au possible. Ne la manquez pas quand elle passera par chez vous"
Michel Bedin_FR

"imaginez une lointaine cousine d’e Eartha Kitt ou de Carmen McRae, chantant avec un swing et une maîtrise rythmique quasi insolents, dans sa langue maternelle, en portugais ou en anglais, des thèmes originaux inspirés du folklore de son île ou des standards (le Donna Lee de Miles Davis ou encore le My favorite things diffusé hier) et vous aurez une idée du programme."
Stanley Pean, Radio Canada, CA

"Sur l'album Kachupada, le feeling de son Cap-Vert natal est bien là, notamment dans des reprises de vieux standards du cru. Mais ses aériennes trilles aiguës et ses scats jazzy ultratoniques, très sensuels, aussi, évoquent davantage Ella Fitgerald ou Diana Krall."
Anne Berthod, Telerama, FR

"Carmen Souza enchante avec un album d'entrechats vocaux fantasques." Les Inrocks, FR

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Carmen Souza

Images

KACHUPADA CD COVER




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