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  • American Caboverdeano: The Life and Times of a Cape Verdean Activist

    On July 5, 1975 the New York Times ran a small article on the front page announcing the Independence of the Republic of Cape Verde. Upon reading that article, I began my journey as a Cape Verdean American. I began to recognize my heritage in a major way and, with great pride, I adopted the attitude of a Cape Verdean American. Although I knew I was of Cape Verdean heritage, I had always identified publicly as a black American of black Portuguese heritage because Cape Verdeans were virtually unknown. Now I had a nation of my heritage that was part of the larger international community, and it was a great feeling. I had come home! In 1980, I made my first visit to Cape Verde. I left the United States as a “Cape Verdean American,” but I returned as an “American Caboverdeano.” I was changed. The trip caused me to realize for the first time how much I had inherited the personality and culture of Cape Verde during the course of my lifetime. Years later, in 2009, I was awarded the honor of a school named for me in New Jersey: the “Edward Andrade School of Social Change.” I mentioned to a friend how humbled I was with the honor, and she said, “You have a legacy!” It was an unexpected comment. As I thought about it, I happened to see an old photo of me at age five. Looking at that photo, I wondered how I could have achieved any sort of legacy from where I started; therefore, it made me think of my past. Reviewing my life’s seventy-five years of experiences, I realized that as the child of first generation Cape Verdean Americans, raised by my immigrant grandparents, I had a beginning with no expectations, with no plans for a future, with few career options, and with limited opportunities. Yet, I became involved in extraordinary adventures; I benefited greatly from significant relationships; I reached an acceptable level of education; I achieved substantial public recognition; overall, I learned to make my way in a society that prizes individual effort; and, taking everything into consideration, I have led a unique life of noteworthy accomplishments. I realized that my legacy, if I have one, is not a school named for me but instead it is my life story – above all, my life as an activist. My story begins in a segregated, working class, ethnic (Cape Verdean) Massachusetts community and, thus far, brings me to a diverse, middle class, “Posh” coastal Florida town. But, it’s not a tale of class differences or financial standings; it’s about the unexpected, the unpredicted, and the “Who would have guessed?” Many life-stories tell about going from a “Log Cabin” to the greatest heights in politics or in business, but my story fits in between those extremes; it’s about a common man of Cape Verdean heritage – a Caboverdeano, and, optimistically, it is unique.

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  • Lisboa: Mário Lúcio diz que Bana é o eterno eco das nossas ilhas 03 Abril 2012

    Lisboa: Mário Lúcio diz que Bana é o eterno eco das nossas ilhas 03 Abril 2012

    “Bana é o ministro maior do que todos os ministros porque é eterno em cada um de nós e no eco das nossas ilhas”, afirmou o ministro da Cultura de Cabo Verde, Mário Lúcio numa mensagem lida pela Embaixadora de Cabo Verde na entrega do “Prémio Carreira Cabo Verde Música Awards”, num espectáculo celebrativo do seu octogésimo aniversário e de uma vida a cantar, no Coliseu dos Recreios, em Lisboa.

    Lisboa: Mário Lúcio diz que Bana é o eterno eco das nossas ilhas

    Tito Paris abriu o concerto e Bana encerrou-o com um espectacular dueto com o fadista português Carlos do Carmo, em “Beijo de Saudade”, de B.Leza, em português e crioulo.

    Foi considerado o “embaixador da morna em Portugal e da diáspora” e recebeu por isso, o prémio “Voz da Lusofonia” em nome de 35 cidades de língua portuguesa (UCCLA), espalhadas pelos quatro continentes do mundo.

    Bana, emocionado, disse não ter palavras para agradecer e recordou que Mário Lúcio, quando foi nomeado ministro lhe fora dizer pessoalmente, em sua casa: ”Bana já consegui!”, pois tal facto tinha sido uma premonição e um desejo que havia, antes, em Cabo Verde, formulado ao também artista e agora ministro da Cultura.

    O próprio ministro recordou, na mensagem lida pela embaixadora Madalena Neves, que “Cabo Verde tem vários memoráveis desde Eugénio Tavares a Amílcar Cabral (...) No dia em que me ofereceste uma camisa branca, eu fui a tua casa...disseste que a prenda que te daria, aos 80 anos, era eu ser ministro... És o maior de todos os ministros (...)”

    O “rei das mornas” como também é conhecido, recebeu ainda uma placa comemorativa, com o nome de todos os artistas que participaram neste evento, entregue por Luís Fortes, um dos impulsionadores desta homenagem, a viver na Holanda, e que foi o portador do “Prémio Carreira 2011”, atribuído em Cabo Verde.

    O artista, embora fragilizado, continua com uma voz potente e maravilhosa com que saudou o público com sete interpretações, e que o aplaudiu numa das principais catedrais da música em Lisboa.

    O espectáculo, longo, e acompanhado por uma orquestra sob a batuta do maestro Albertino Monteiro, Toi Vieira ao piano, Armando Tito à guitarra entre outros músicos, teve momentos altos com Lura a cantar ao desafio com Bana uma coladeira.

    Outro momento alto foi com o popular Jorge Neto. Um dueto que colocou o público dançar e uma audiência ao rubro com a sua interpretação “Rosinha”.

    Também uma das mornas, muito apreciada Portugal “Maria Barba” interpretada por um jovem, Jorge Batista da Silva, com voz de tenor, foi vivida com intensidade com muitas pessoas a entoá-la.

    A “performance” desta homenagem ao cantor Bana, que celebrou 80 anos 11 de Março, foi concretizada as vozes já célebres de Nancy Vieira, Celina Pereira, Titina, Leonel Almeida, Luís Fortes (Holanda) Coimbra, Dany Silva, José Rui de Pina (EUA). Também com o “entertainer” José Gonçalves ou “Juca” (Holanda) que protagonizou vários momentos de humor.

    O público era heterogéneo. Tinha personalidades cabo-verdianas e portuguesas além de outros estrangeiros que nesta altura do ano visitam Portugal e frequentam os concertos. Havia também jovens, descendentes de várias ilhas, que nunca tinham visto Bana ao vivo e que ali se deslocaram pela primeira vez.

    Bana que só cantou no fim do espetáculo (que começou com uma hora de atraso), protagonizou de forma natural, entre o povo, momentos comoventes, aquando da sua entrada ao atravessar a plateia, e mais tarde quando a voltou a pisar para subir ao palco. Foram muitas as pessoas que dele se abeiravam para o saudar, envolvendo-se com flores e bênçãos.

    Celina Pereira e João do Rosário, os apresentadores deste espectáculo, falaram do artista, natural de S. Vicente e residente em Portugal há mais de 30 anos, como um “pai” da música e a “rocha” (pela sua compleição física, alta e forte). Designaram-no para o público como a “voz que levou Cabo Verde a Portugal e ao mundo, cimentando a lusofonia”.



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  • RIP “Barefoot Diva” Cesaria Evora - One of the Great Divas (1941-2011)

    Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora died today at age 70 in his native village. She became known internationally in 1992 with the title Sodade, from her third album.

    Cesaria Evoria is nicknamed the "barefoot diva" died today in Mindelo , her native village in Cape Verde. It's Mario Lucio Sousa , Minister of Culture of Cape Verde who confirmed the information launched Portuguese media. The singer aged 70 was admitted to the Hospital Baptista de Sousa Friday night for "respiratory failure" and "a heart high voltage."

    The singer had to end her career in September , again because of health problems. While in Paris, she had also told the world : " I have no strength, no energy . I want you to tell my fans: I'm sorry, but now I must rest .

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  • Pussycat Dolls Biography

    Bios
    Founded by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995, the Pussycat Dolls began as a burlesque dance revue based in Los Angeles, spawned a second revue in Las Vegas, grew into an A-list phenomena with a revolving cast of guest celebrities, and eventually became a recording act with a number one dance hit. It wasn't long after launching its revue that the troupe began attracting actresses and models who wanted to become a Pussycat Doll for a night. Christina Aguilera, Pamela Anderson, Kelly Osbourne, Pink, Britney Spears, Carmen Electra, and Gwen Stefani are just some of the names who donned lingerie and pinup costumes and joined the Dolls for their flirtatious shows. An appearance in the 2003 film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle was followed by numerous television appearances, most with Carmen Electra.


    Capitalizing on the nationwide attention and the addition of former Eden's Crush member Nicole Scherzinger as lead singer, the single "Don't Cha" with special guest Busta Rhymes appeared at the beginning of 2005 and climbed to number two on the pop chart, number one on the dance chart. With help from the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and producer Timbaland, the Pussycat Dolls recorded their full-length debut. The A&M label released PCD, a Top Ten hit, in the summer of 2005. In 2008 member Carmit Bachar left to pursue a solo career while the Interscope label announced that a solo album from Scherzinger was being put on hold after four teaser singles failed to climb the charts. Continuing on as a five-piece, the Dolls released both the single "When I Grow Up" and the album Doll Domination that same year. "When I Grow Up" reached the Top Ten in 16 countries. David Jeffries, All Music Guide Read more »
  • Danity Kane WikiPedia Bio

    In 2004, producer Sean "Diddy" Combs returned with Making the Band 3, this time searching for the next female super group.[4] With the help of choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson, vocal trainer Doc Holiday and talent manager Johnny Wright, he set out on a multi-city search and chose twenty young singers out of almost 10,000 young women.[4][5] While seven women remained, Combs became discontent with the level of talent remaining in the competition, and eventually decided not to form a band.[4] He did, however, give a reprieve to three contestants he felt deserved another chance, including then-best friends Aubrey O'Day and Aundrea Fimbres, whose close bond originally formed early in the season.[4] The three contestants became the first to appear in Season 2 of the show.[4]

    Afterwards, Combs once again pressed his team to audition new young women for the group.[4] Finally, twenty young women were chosen and moved into a loft in New York City.[4] Viewers had become invested in O'Day and Fimbres's friendship, naming them "the AUs" and "Aubrea" (portmanteux of their first names put together), as they watched the two compete all over again for positions in the group.[4][6] As the competition's challenges increased, their friendship seemed to become the foundation upon which the group was being built.[4] In addition, O'D ay emerged as the show's breakout star.[4][5]


    After weeks of dance and singing lessons, promotional appearances, and a performance in front of 10,000 at a Backstreet Boys concert at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA, eleven contestants remained, including O'Day and Fimbres.[4] The finalists were sent home for three months, told to polish up, and return for the final stretch in November 2005.[4]

    On the second season's finale, on Monday, November 15, 2005, the show's ratings broke MTV records as millions of viewers watched to see the group officially formed.[4] Five of the eleven remaining contestants were chosen: O'Day first, Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgette second, Shannon Bex third, Dawn Angeliqué Richard fourth, and Fimbres last.[4] The final five members of the group in place, the third season of Making the Band 3 tracked the development and struggles of the new band — from then on known as "Danity Kane" (a name taken from a female anime superhero created and drawn by Richard).[7] The group would later be featured on the second and third seasons of Making the Band 4 with new male R&B group Day26, as well as new solo artist Donnie Klang.

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