Zé Luis
  • country:Cape Verde
  • style(s):World
  • label:Lusafrica
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist posted by:Harmonia Lda

Line up

  • Manuel de Candinho  (lead guitar)
  • Miroca  (percussion)
  • Nénézinho  (guitar)
  • Zé Luis  (vocals )
  • Zéka  (Cavaquinho )


Born in Santiago's capital city Praia, Ze Luis moved at the age of 4 to the island of Principe, where he grew up among the plantation workers, assimilating the musical traditions and learning the songs of the workers who, like his parents, had come from different parts of Cape Verde to earn their living there. Today, back in the city of his birth he enjoys a reputation both as a master carpenter and as the velvet-voiced interpreter of an extensive repertoire of mornas, coladeiras and mazurkas which he has performed throughout Cape Verde since the 1980s. Ze Luis's vibrant and relaxed tenor tones provide a polished counterpoint to the rolling guitar rhythms and cascading cavaquinhos of his string trio. Exuberant and vital yet smooth as silk, these are Cape Verde traditions at their assured best.