This is the first in a six-concert series comprising the Center for World Music’s 2019-20 Season.
Lucibela, Cape Verde’s Voice of Gold
Lucibela is a young Cabo-Verdean born in 1986 on São Nicolau, one of the Barlavento islands off the coast of West Africa. Her voice has been compared to a friendly smile or a fresh breeze ruffling through bougainvillea blooms. The title of her first album, Laço Umbilical, suggests a cord linking the singer to her homeland. Over its 13 tracks, Lucibela reflects on being Cabo-Verdean woman far away from home who loves with sensuality and grace. The secret of Lucibela’s extraordinary vocal technique lies in her ability to explore the deep register of Brazil’s great samba musicians while adding a thrilling vibrato.
Composed by old masters such as Manuel de Novas, the traditional song repertoire that Lucibela champions spans decades. At the same time, Lucibela belongs to a new, uninhibited generation. Her music combines the instrumental cornucopia of the Cape Verde islands—including, for example, the 6-string guitar, the Portuguese cavaquinho guitar, the saxophone, accordion, and violin)—with contemporary electronic embellishments.
Lucibela grew up in Mindelo on the Cape Verde island of São Vicente. This port town became her “musical paradise,” thanks to the Brazilian, Cuban, British, and Portuguese sailors who sowed the seeds of the Creole musical genres morna and coladera in the islands.Beneath Lucibela’s sweet, smiling exterior is a woman who has also experienced life’s hardships. When she was in the last year of high school, her mother died and left the family destitute. Forced to earn a living, Lucibela began singing in the hotels and bars of Mindelo, frequented by tourists who wanted to hear local songs.
Eventually, Lucibela joined the band Mindel Som and left for the island of Sal, where she performed at the historic Hotel Morabeza. She was then offered a contract to sing on the sand dune island of Boa Vista. There, she worked hard to develop her vocal technique, repertoire, and musical skills for winning over audiences. In 2012 she moved to the capital city of Cape Verde, Praia, where she collaborated with well-known Cape Verdean guitarist Kaku Alves.
Lucibela recently moved to Lisbon, Portugal. She continues to hone her musical skills, remaining connected to the authenticity of her music by performing face-to-face in public squares and on the streets.
(Biography written by Véronique Mortaigne, edited by Center for World Music)
$30 Advanced with $2 Online Processing Fee | $35 Door (cash only)
The WorldBeat Cultural Center is located at 2100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. The Estacionamento Balboa Park Parking Lot is located directly across the street at Inspiration Point Way. Please use crosswalks to safely cross Park Blvd.
5:30 PM Doors Open. Enjoy vegan and foods from across the globe at the WorldBeat Cafe.
6:00 PM Concert Starts.
Lucibela will be accompanied at this performance by a live band.