Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade plays two special shows at Ronnie Scott’s on 18th and 19th July in London.
Andrade’s multi-layered music embraces Brazilian inflections, Cuban melodies, funky basslines and flamenco guitars to create a heady mix of sounds. Andrade is arguably one the front-runners of the many talents that have emerged from Cape Verde in recent years. Her latest album Studio 105 is out now on Sterns.
Andrade was born 1985 in Cuba but grew up in Senegal, Angola, and Germany. However, she spent around two months of the yearin the Cape Verdean island of Santiago. She lives and records in Paris, France.
Andrade began to perform in various Portuguese-speaking regions, including the Cape Verdean cities Mindelo and Praia as well as Lisbon. She won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (English: German Record Critics Award) in 2007. She also won the Newcomer award at the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2008.