Mayra Andrade comes from a Cape Verdean family via Lisbon and Paris, and mainly sings in the island’s Portuguese dialect.
Her debut album Navega (It Sails) combines Portuguese Fado, African, Brazilian and jazz influences with those of her island archipelago.
Behind it is a “batuque” beat which the Portuguese colonists tried to ban as being un-Christian.
The opening track, “Dimokransa” deals with the disillusionment of those who fought for democracy in Cape Verde.
In other songs she sings of women calling in fishermen as the waves of the Atlantic grow rougher. The album is a delight.
CD out now