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Cesaria Evora’s musical director playing the guitar, violin and cavaquinho he made himself. A kind of greatest hits of his instrumentals, 1993-2005, including stuff used by Almodovar and Pina Bausch.

Polyrhythmic vocal and percussion music for dancing, performed by women, from the Cape Verdean island of Santiago.

The great singer with Caetano Veloso, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Goran Bregovic, Compay Segundo, Bonga, Salif Keita, Chucho Valdes and co, pretty amazing, spanning nearly twenty years.

A gorgeous record from the start of the year — the Cape Verdean’s second, with his pure, intimate voice in a range of percussion-based settings, with some great trombone and accordion too.