Cesaria Evora - Cafe Atlantico (2LP)
Cesaria Evora - Cafe Atlantico (2LP)
Cesaria Evora - Cafe Atlantico (2LP)
Cesaria Evora - Cafe Atlantico (2LP)
Cesaria Evora - Cafe Atlantico (2LP)
Cesaria Evora - Cafe Atlantico (2LP)

Cesaria Evora - Cafe Atlantico (2LP)

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Cesaria Evora - vocals

Backing Vocals – Marie-Paule Tribord, Teofilo Chantre, Toy Vieira, Valérie Belinga, Valérie Tribord

Acoustic Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals – José Paris

Cavaquinho, Backing Vocals – Jacinto Pereira

Cello – Alejandro Rodriguez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Arelis Copello (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Daniel Rodriguez (A1, A3, B1, B2, B4, C2, C3), Gladis La Tomayo (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2)

Double Bass – Andres Grana (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Francisco Valdez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2)

Drums – Calu

Flute – Daniel Peñalver (pistes : A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Manuel Garcia (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Raul Valdez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Zorimé Mercedez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2)

French Horn – Francisco Santiago (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Segundo Mendoza (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2)

Side guitar, Backing Vocals – Luis Ramos

Percussion – Tey Santos

Piano, Backing Vocals – Nando Andrade

Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion, Vocals – Totinho

Trombone – Alberto Meneses (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Ridel Rodriguez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2)

Bass Trombone – Antonio Peñalver (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2)

Trumpet – Emilio Heredia (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Enrique Rodriguez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Michel Padron (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2)

Viola – Jose Dominguez Fernandez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Leonel Hernandez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Raymond Morales (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Roberto Dias (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2)

Violin – Alioth Castillo (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Ana Julia Feira (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Ariel Mendez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Augusto Carreras (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Dania Gutierrez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Ernesto Dias (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Fresi Garcia (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Genardo Garcia (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Hugo Cruz (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Julian Corrales Subida (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Mario Fernandez (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2), Omar Pereira (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2)

Strings, Horns And Flutes arranged and conducted by Jaques Morelenbaum (A3, B1, B2, B4, C2)

Guitar Cavaquinho arranged by Bau

2LPs, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Pure Pleasure

Original Label : Lusafrica, RCA, BMG

Recorded at Studio Recall, Pompignan, France (except tracks A1 and C3, which were recorded at Studio Harry Son, Paris, France)

Engineered by João Magalhaes (A2 to C2, C4 to D2)

Additional recordings in Havana, Cuba (A1, A3, B1-2, B4, C1, C3-4)

Additional overdubs recorded at Studio abdala, Havana, Cuba (A1, A3, B1-2, B4, C1, C3-4) engineered by Alain Martinez De La Cruz and Evelio Gay Salinas

Mixed at Studio Marcadet, (except D2 which was mixed at Studio Gimmick) by José Da Silva, Stéphane Caisson

Produced by Jose de Silva

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1999

Reissued in 2012



Side A:

  1. Flor di Nha Esperanca
  2. Vaquinha Mansa
  3. Amor di Mundo

Side B:

  1. Paraiso di Atlantico
  2. Sorte
  3. Carnaval de Sao Vicente
  4. Desilusao Dum Amdjer

Side C:

  1. Nho Antone Escaderode
  2. Beijo de Longe
  3. Roma Criola

Side D :

  1. Perseguida
  2. Maria Elena
  3. Cabo Verde Manda Mantenha
  4. Terezinha



“I was first introduced to Cesaria by an audiophile friend who seemed to possess every disc recommended by Harry Pearson (of The Absolute Sound). The music was always quite varied, well-recorded, and in the case of this particular disc, enjoyable to listen to as well. Although Latin jazz has seen moderately popularity over the years, Evora is more of a Latin folk singer. With this record she borrows from Cuban and Brazilian music with an interesting blend of tempo and style. As is the case on her other records, Cesaria’s voice is rich and beautiful and a pleasure unto its own. This disc, like the album Cabo Verde before it, charted all the way up in the top five records on the U.S. world music charts.

With the growing use of music streaming services I’d like the think the audience for world music is increasing and there will be more exposure to new music like Evora makes. Café Atlantico starts off slow and mellow and picks up the pace from there. There are some sad, sweet tunes mixed in with playful jaunts through rhythm and melody. The last tune of side four offers the sound of the accordion that is somewhat reminiscent of the music on the Amelie soundtrack—I just happened to have watched the film again recently. This record is great for an active or passive listening session and although the music will be unfamiliar to most, it is a great way to get a taste for some contemporary Latin music.” Brian Bloom, Audiophile Audition March 2015


“The glorious Café Atlantico finds Césaria Évora venturing into more Latin American musical landscapes, as opposed to Portuguese, which dominated her previous albums. Évora draws from traditional Cuban and Brazilian music to mesmerizing effect. The album is also a tribute to her home town of Mindelo, on the Cape Verdean island of Sao Vicente, which was once a busy port with sailors cruising between South America, the Caribbean, and Portugal. Therefore, the music is heartbreaking and nostalgic, warm and tragic all at once. The masterful "Carnaval de São Vicente" is one of the most joyous, bittersweet party songs ever put on wax (and was even issued as a maxi-single with fantastic remixes). "Roma Criola" is tragic, lonely, destitute, and always interesting, making for an undiscovered masterpiece of a ballad, and her rendition of the Spanish language standard "Maria Elena" is absolutely heartbreaking. The album evokes a moody elegance rarely found in modern music, from the sweeping opener "Flôr Di Nha Esperança" to the summery "Amor Di Mundo," and the picture she paints of this café at the end of the world is a gorgeous, multi-colored, and emotion-stirring palate. This album is nothing short of world class and will be enjoyed by generations to come.” AllMusic Review by Jose F. Promis


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.4 / 5

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