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New Meeting: Tcheka at the Cedar Cultural Center

From: Jose
Sent on: Sunday, June 1, 2008 2:40 PM
Announcing a new meeting for Latin and Brazilian Music Meetup!

What: Tcheka at the Cedar Cultural Center

When: Thursday, June 5, 7:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meeting Description: Following hot on the trail of the ?barefoot diva? Cesaria Evora, and the alluring Lura comes the newest sensational Cape Verdean musical export: Tcheka! Tcheka is well-known in Praia (the Cape Verde capital) for his work in modernising "batuque", one of Santiago Island?s more popular beats, originally played by women. He also penned the opening and closing songs on Lura's debut album, and is making a welcome return to The Cedar after a warm and passionate show early last summer, and with his groundbreaking new album Lonji due out just before his Cedar show, on May 27. The new album was produced by Brazilian superstar Lenine, and features such unusual instruments as "hubcap" and "telephone book with brushes"!

Batuque, a beat specific to the island of Santiago in the Cape Verde archipelago, conveys the collective memory and identity of a people. Batuque was first played after work in the fields, traditionally by women. Sitting in a circle, they tapped on a "tchabeta", a bundle of cloth, normally made of piled loincloths that they rolled up and held between their legs. Depending on the thickness and compression of the fabric used, these cloth drums produced a variety of sounds. Batuque provided an accompaniment for "fina?on", a vocal style that the women improvised to suit their audience and the occasion. Following African tradition, the singers commented on village events, celebrated farming festivals, births and marriages, and commemorated deaths. Sometimes one of them would enter the "terrero" (the inside of the circle) and dance. Tcheka skilfully translates the sounds traditionally produced by the cloth drums to the guitar, accompanied with his beautifully mellifluous voice!

At the Cedar Cultural Center:



$18 advance

$20 day of show

To buy tickets

Call Cedar ticket line[masked] ext 2

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