Carnival jousting, morna’s nagging tunes, batuque’ stubborn hits, coladeira’s festive frenzy, illuminated with subtle poetry and a serene voice: Cape Verdean singer MARIANA RAMOS opts for the unplugged and the repertoire of her new set circles around the archipelago and its different multiple-inheritance genres. Blooming like never before with a glamorous voice and a generous swing, she radiates on sensual and warm mornas. Flirting with jazz and samba, the pianist and arranger Toy Vieira, her old accomplice, accompanies her sunny recital, wonderful anthem to the creole woman.
As credible in rap, Argentinian or Colombian folkloric tunes as in her rare sentimental ballad, LA YEGROS makes hers and pave the way to a mixed and shining music, where intertwine the tambourines and flutes of the cumbia, the accordion and guitars of the chamamé and the very contemporary electro sounds.Her smiling and warm singing has something of the hip-hop flow and her colourful outfit finishes it all. La Yegros is the leading figure of a generation of local musicians and producers, claiming the mix of the past and the future, of acoustic and machine rhythms.
Nowadays, the hipster no longer goes to San Francisco, but to Austin and Nashville. The COUNTRY RENDEZ-VOUS offers us again this year an exclusive programme: Nathan Carter, Front Country or Curtis Grimes are coming soon.