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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Four Quarters Ent
  • ASIN: B000N60H3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lura is part of a new generation of Cape Verdean musicians rediscovering the hidden traditions of her ancestral homeland. Her music is inspired by the styles of Santiago - the most African of the islands - as opposed to the more Portuguese dominated islands that produced such legendary singers as Cesaria Evora. On M'Bem di Fora, Lura gives a dazzling performance of provocative, sensual and spicy music as her voice breathes life into the wide range of songs on the album - produced and arranged by Nando Andrade, who produced Cesaria's last album. With a sound a bit sunnier than the fado-dominated Portuguese singers, Lura incorporates elements of R&B and Funk into her sound.

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Fans of Cesaria Evora have been kept in short commons for some years by a relative dearth of new material and emerging talent. But Lura, who was born in Portugal of Cape Verdean parents, is clearly a contender for latter’s throne. The beautiful young singer describes herself as a country girl and as such, is more interested in rural styles like the funana, bataku and the European, colonial-based mazurka than in the more urban morna, a barroom blues associated with the elder diva. Her songs, many of them self-composed, deal with small-town realities like a mother's advice to her son in hard times, an unplanned pregnancy, uninhibited holiday celebrations and other tales that might well be discussed on a neighbor's door-step. This is not to say that she is a narrow-minded provincial or hide-bound traditionalist; her arrangements are paragons of acoustic elegance, owing as much to R&B, Argentinean tango, post-Tropicalia Brazilian pop and French chanson as hometown firesides. Her voice, a clear mezzo-soprano-to-alto, ranges from girlish to smoky but as her material tends toward upbeat rhythms, it is her sun-drenched, precisely calibrated melodic sense and crackerjack phrasing that anchors each tune. The title track, a frenetic hip-swinger sung as a duet with Zeco di Nha Reinalda, could make a stone dance. --Christina Roden

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Salty Saltillo on July 2, 2007
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I really believe this record is an extraordinary achievement in Cape verdean music. If Lura's first major label international release, "With heart and soul", reflected her roots in the new Batuku style under the influence of the now legendary Orlando Pantera (she covered 4 Pantera songs on that record), here she spreads her wings further, in true Krioulu style, assimilating what she finds best in a broad variety of styles, both indigenous to the islands and from abroad. The result is spectacular, and much broader and deeper than her previous work. Her voice is getting much better with age (for an interesting view of how her voice has improved over the years, check out her vocals on Bonga's record, Mulemba Xangola). And as Lura is surrounding herself with a very talented and diverse set of musicians whose work on this record is very good. Most notably, Lura's keyboardist, Toy Vieira, really comes into his own as a songwriter on this record. He clearly has a great talent for songwriting and the Toy Vieira/Lura collaboration promises to be a very fruitful one. This record establishes Lura as the most interesting and innovative artist recording in Krioulu today. I look forward to giving 5 stars to her next release because it will undoubtedly be even better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 13, 2007
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Portuguese singer Lura presents M'bem Di Fora ("I Come From The Country"), her second North American music CD album, which draws heavily upon her love of her countryside home, and the unique musical traditions of the Cape Verde islands. Cape Verde is a semi-arid island string of ten islands hundreds of miles from mainland Africa; each island has its own distinct rhythms, and all of them formed inspiration for Lura's lively music anthology. From the hope of people waiting for rain to return, to the ambience of midsummer celebration, to the song about a daughter who fell in love with a poor islander rather than fulfill her mother's dream of marrying a rich foreigner, the songs of M'bem Di Fora embodies a pure love of country life, despite its hardships.
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By Ruth A. Barrows on November 29, 2007
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I purchased this CD based on the reviews & the music samples. But when I 1st listened to it I wasn't quite feeling it. I think because since she's young I was expecting her style to be like Sara Tavares. But as I kept listening to it, I started to enjoy her singing, her style and the music. NOW I very much like it & totally love #9 Galanton, love it, love it, love it! I'll have Galanton on repeat forever. I really like #5 As-Agua & #10 Pensa Dret these 2 will be on repeat too. I also like #12 too great music. And I will be purchasing her 1st CD too!

I think she's very talented...she has to be, to be background singer to Cesaria Evora, she's moved on doing her own think & I'm impressed. To me she's a younger livelier sounding version of Cesaria Evora, but all her own style. I wish I can see her in concert; I'd love to see her dancing. Galanton makes me want to get up & dance to.

I am of Cape Verdean descent (all 4 of my grandparents) & I try to listen to OUR music & support OUR talented musical artist, even though I do not understand what it's saying, I was never taught OUR language when I was young. But I feel OUR music and I'm proud to be a Cape Verdean/American. It's great, even though they are born in Portugal to Cape Verdean parents (specking of Sara Tavares too) they keep their Cape Verdean heritage alive.
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Definitely unique and entertaining. A wonderful album from start to finish. Thank you Lura.
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I found a song that is worth repeating again and again: Track #5. Listen to it!!! It translates "The Rainy Season." Lura's vocals have an easiness that touches me, although I can't say the entire album suits my tastes. I found myself disappointed that there weren't more moody songs or songs with that touch of ennui that I am so drawn to. But if you want something Afro-Brazilian fusion and joyful, this will please you. Lura's voice is golden.
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