Kavita e Bau: "Cape Verdean Blues"

"Cape Verdean Blues" is a collaboration between American vocalist Kavita Shah and Cape Verdean guitarist Rufino Almeida, aka "Bau." The two met in 2016 on the island of São Vicente, where Kavita traveled to trace the steps of her idol, world music sensation Cesária Évora. Bau, whose luthier father taught him how to play and construct the guitar, cavaquinho, and violin, played for many years with Cesária and served as her musical director before moving onto his solo projects. Bau's composition "Raquel" was notably featured by Spanish director Pedro Almódovar in his 2002 film Talk to Her, and Bau is consistently hailed as the leading proponent of Cape Verdean traditional guitar.

 

In 2020, Kavita and Bau will  release their intimate album "Cape Verdean Blues." Recorded in Mindelo, Lisbon, and New York, it pays homage to the late and great "Barefoot Diva," fusing traditional mornas and coladeiras with improvisation and sounds from Brazil and India. The album also features guests Miroca Paris (percussion) and Fantcha (vocals).