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Maria de Barros‘ music transcends taste, preference and even language. It travels through countries dense with culture, picking up pieces of each along the way, combining distinct inflections of Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, France and Spain, while allowing the tradition and culture of Cape Verde to permeate.

Melodies melt off her tongue with the same richness and maturity of a contemporary Cape Verde club singing Ella Fitzgerald, except that this songstress’s club is bursting with a taste of Latin spice, serving Portuguese and African cuisine with dancers to match and audiences swinging their hips to Maria’s sensual Morna and Coladeira beats.

Drumming and singing is a primary form of worship and the centerpiece in Cuban secular life. Jazz con Amala is comprised of musicians who represent these two ingredients. Joining together the rhythm section and structure of folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms and songs, from the traditions of Santeria and Rumba, with jazz instruments and solo improvisational ideas that respect the cultures and styles involved give listeners of this superb group a meaningful and entertaining experience.


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