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(CABO VERDE, 2005) @
...está llamada a ser la sucesora de Cesaria Évora
Cabo Verde, pequeño país, árido y seco, hace emigrar a su gente, desgarrando el corazón y el alma de sus pobladores. Su música está basado en los ritmos tradicionales de expresión de estos sentimientos donde se refleja la vida cotidiana de este país.
Desde su más tierna infancia, Gabriela Mendes, ha estado en brazos de la música. Su madre, cantante de profesión, actuaba junto a grandes músicos del panorama caboverdiano como el violinista Malaquias.
En la escuela Salesiana, conocida por acoger a futuros grandes nombres dentro la música contemporánea de estepaís, fue reconocida como una gran voz solista. Paralelamente, Gabriela se introducía cada vez más en la música autóctona de su archipiélago, como son la morna y la coladera. Después de un gran recorrido por múltiples escenarios, Europa, América y África, da a luz a su disco TRADICÂO en el Studio Plus XXX de París. Este álbum incluye canciones escritas por los mejores compositores de Cabo Verde, cada uno de los cuales es conocido por su particular estilo. Entre ellos, cabe destacar, Manuel de Novas, que es uno de los compositores favoritos de Bana y Cesaria Evora.
*********************Released at the end of 2005, TRADIÇÃO is the first album of Gabriela Mendes, who called upon several magicians to take care on its birth.
Bau and Hernani are two essential guitarists of the capeverdean music. The first one is known internationally to have composed the piece "Raquel", which ends the movie "Habla con Ella" of Pedro Almodovar (movie which will receive an Oscar for its soundtrack). Before recording its own CD (six in total), he has also been during long years the artistic director and the arranger of Cesaria Evora: one owes him in particular the so particular touch of the album "Café Atlantico", one of greatest hit of the diva.
Hernani is a Bau's friend (ok, sorry for the joke), he often accompanied him in its concerts in Cape Verde before joining Tcheka, another troubadour who is contributing to the worldwide diffusion for capeverdean music.
With Bau and Hernani on the musical arrangements, TRADIÇÃO was already promised with an outstanding fate. Gabriela could in all serenity concentrate herself on the texts written by others magicians.
Among them, the largest Cape Verdean composers of the moment: Manuel d'Novas (tremendous inventor, but also pitiless portraitist of mentalities and lifestyle of Cape Verdean people), Tcheka, Vasco Martins (musicologist and poet, insatiably inspired by its island of São Vicente), Djack Monteiro, Dany Mariano...
Lastly, when recording, other kindly hearts came to share the first moments of the newborn baby; music connoisseurs will be able to recognize voices or touches of Téofilo Chantre, Jack Fourniret, Toy Vieira, Valerie and Marie-Paule Tribord, Zé Paris, Cau Paris.
Produced by Casa da Morna Lda, distributed by Empreinte Digitale/Nocturne, TRADIÇÃO has been recorded at the studios Plus XXX, one of the best places in Paris.
In 2007, Gabriela released a new edition of her album, adding a french translation of the song Tradição, with a text written by Teofilo Chantre.
Just like the Cape Verdean diva Cesaria Evora, Gabriela Mendes was born and grew in the town of Mindelo, on the island of São Vicente, one of the nothern islands in Cape Verde.
She was four years old when she discovered the pleasure of music, by listening to her mother singing with famous musicians such as the violonist Malaquias.
The little girl Gabriela went to the Salesiana School, famous to have accomodated futures great names of contemporary Cape Verdean music (Tito Paris, Paulino Vieira, Bau, etc). Father Cristiano insisted in order she integrated the choral society of the school; she quickly became the soloist of it.
Parallel to this first musical engagement, Gabriela learnt how to sing the melodies and Cape Verdean rhythms in district festivals; she moves from mornas to coladeiras or galôpe.
Encouraged by her virtuosos friends Bau, Voginha or Bius, she understood quickly that her passion for music was taking more and more importance in her life.
At the end of the 90s, Gabriela runs concerts in pubs and hotels of Mindelo, one following the others. Her repertory was increasing and it drew public's attention.
In 2000, she went up for the first time on the stage of a festival, that was in Santo Antão, and a few months later, she was invited at the festival of Santa Maria (island of Sal) where she sang for 40000 people, accompanied by Cesaria Evora's musicians.
My concert was a success, the critics received me like a revelation of the Cape Verdean music, I even had a very first proposal for a contract.
At the end of 2000, a label makes her play in Paris, in first part of her fellow countrywoman Mariana Ramos. And she concluded the year 2000 with her first concert in Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, on the island of Santiago.
The following year, after having made a song recital with Bau, Bius, Djosinha, Luis Morais or Tito Paris in São Vicente, her island, Gabriela seduces the public of the famous festival of Baia das Gatas, then at Escurralete, in the next island of Santo Antão.
In 2002, she played several times in Portugal; in Porto at the festival "Oporto 2002", then musical evenings at the Pub Enclave in Lisbon. She is invited in other festivals, as in Fest-Vale in the island of Santiago or in Praia da Cruz in Boa Vista.
In 2003, she is selected in Mindelo among others very famous Cape Verdean artists for a tribute to Bana, before trying to conquer the heart of the audience of the 9th Festival of the Traversée de Tahitou, in France.
These trips to France continue in 2005 since that's in Paris, at Studios Plus XXX that Gabriela records her first album Tradição, produced by Casa da Morna Lda and distributed by Empreinte Digitale/Nocturne. When released, the CD album has been diffused regularly on Radio International France, France Inter, France Culture and was the subject of criticisms very encouraging in the French press.
After a new passage to the festival of Baia das Gatas, Gabriela chooses the Parisian stage of China Club for launching Tradição, concert followed by other events in Mam' Bia, Renoma Café (Paris), or at the Casino des Pins in Sables d'Olonne.
In 2006, she's the first singer female to sing at Baia das Gatas's festival, followed by other great names like Dudu Araujo or Tcheka. Some weeks later, she's included in two compilations: the first one is a Putumayo's playlist, the other one is Zone Franche, a french network interested by world music.
In 2007, Gabriela became a real globe-trotter: she's been seen in France (Nice Jazz Festival, Festival of Barcelonette), in Tunisia (Musiqât), in USA (SOB's in NYC), in Canada (Nuits d'Afrique du Québec), before to sing in some french cultural centers. These gigs support the release of the new edition of her CD, which includes now her clip and the french translation of the song "Tradição", with lyrics written by Teofilo Chantre.