Miroca Paris

Cabo Verde/Portugal

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Cape Verdean singer and multi-instrumentalist, Miroca Paris (pronounced Parish) released his debut album in 2017. But he's no newcomer. Indeed, the scion of one of Cape Verde's most well-known musical families has been an integral part of the international reach of the island nation's cultural profile over the past two decades. He was percussionist for the late Cesária Évora for eleven years and has also worked with such luminaries as Sara Tavares, Mariza, Angelique Kidjo, Bitori, Bonga, Sona Jobarteh, Tcheka, Madonna and many more. Finally putting himself forward as bandleader and songwriter he has returned to playing guitar and revealed a warm, raspy voice capable of crooning intimate morna ballads as well as fast moving funaná grooves, with which he's been lighting up festival stages world-wide from Baku to Berlin, Montreal and Moscow.