Kavita e Bau

Kavita e Bau is a collaboration between the American vocalist Kavita Shah and the 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.


Kavita and Bau are currently working on an intimate duo album that fuses traditional Cape Verdean mornas and coladeiras with sounds from Brazil and India. Recorded between Mindelo, Cape Verde, and Lisbon, Portugal, the album pays homage to the late and great "Barefoot Diva," as Cesária is more affectionately known, and features guests Miroca Paris (percussion) and Fantcha (vocals).