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HB-Meet Mayra Andrade

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2 months 5 days ago #52 by NumberRon
I am going back to my old habit of introducing the new and exotic talents to the HB household. I need the semblance of normality in an otherwise crazy and dangerous reality. Today, I bring to you the enormously talented Mayra Andrade.

Mayra came at a moment the sun was setting on the life and career of Cesaria Evore, La Diva aux Pieds Nus. She stepped in and filled the void in a way that honor the legacy and richness of Cesaria's body of work by being herself.

Although she was born in Cuba, Andrade's parents are both Cape Verdean, and she and her family returned to Cape Verde a few days after her birth. Andrade spent the first years of her life in Cape Verde, but because her father was a diplomat for the Cape Verdean government, she traveled extensively with her family and lived in many countries during her She lived in Senegal, Angola, and Germany. However, she spent around two months of the year in the Cape Verdean island of Santiago.Andrade moved to Paris in 2002 when she was 17 years old and lived there until late 2015 when she moved to Lisbon, Portugal.
She is multilingual, but most of the lyrics of the songs on her albums are in her native Cape Verdean Crioulo language. The first song she remembers singing is "O Leãozinho" by the Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso, whom she has cited as a musical influence.
HB, feast your eyes and ears on Mayra Andrade and her Music.

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1 month 4 weeks ago #54 by Sansousi
Replied by Sansousi on topic HB-Meet Mayra Andrade
She does it effortlessly too...li gen tèt li gen kò

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1 month 3 weeks ago - 1 month 3 weeks ago #55 by NumberRon
Replied by NumberRon on topic HB-Meet Mayra Andrade
The reason I created this post is because I always hear Haitians say that the Creole Language is an impediment to Haitian artists. It is not. What is, though, is their lack of conviction and confidence that if they do things that are authentically Haitian, the world will pay attention and will listen. What they need, in addition of talent, is good representation.

My biggest problem with aspiring artists, is that they think that talent alone will get them notoriety. Talent alone will get you nowhere. Work ethic, intestinal fortitude, belief in yourself, being around people who can push you when you need it, pull you when it is necessary, remind you to stay on the ball even when somebody else has the ball, all those things are more important to success then talent. Talent is necessary, but ambition is even more so. Ambition, not Jealousy. It is important to believe in yourself even when nobody else does, but that belief must be anchored somewhere. It must be justified. In other words, there must be independent confirmation of your talent.

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