Born: May 20, 1981
Carmen Souza was born in Lisbon (81) within a Christian family of Cape Verdeans. She grew up in a mixed language environment of Creole, the Cape Verde dialect her parents spoke at home, and Portuguese, always surrounded by the Cape Verdean way of life.
In her teens she sang professionally in a Lusophone Gospel Choir. Being a strongly spiritual person, Carmen always saw music as her mission and felt privileged to have the opportunity to express herself through it, working hard every day to deserve that opportunity. Musicians like Luis Morais, Theo Pas'cal, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarret, Diana Krall, etc, are definitely those that truly inspire her evolution and search for a unique personal style....
Carmen Souza's vivacious Protegid opens a window to another world entirely, cranking up the tempo, slicing up the syncopated rhythm to resembleThelonious Monk's Evidence and allowing her to power her voice with the assured intuition and inventiveness of a jazz singer. SONG OF THE DAY - NPR - USA
Singing in a colorful, eclectic Portuguese-based Creole, Souza illuminates, stretches, and snaps back the elastic connections between Latin, African and Arabic music, American jazz and the music of Cape Verde. Souza conclusively proves that the world music evolution/revolution has transformed modern vocal as well as instrumental music. ALL ABOUT JAZZ-USA
The whole disc is a landmark that will prompt you to embrace and at the same time rethink everything you know and love about the sounds of Cape Verde. WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL-USA
4 STARS Sometimes this Cape Verdean singer's sound is pure Billie Holiday, sometimes she gives the impression of Eartha Kitt on speed, sometimes her vocal pyrotechnics evoke a young Cleo Laine...The title means protected, and the poetic voice is as original as the musical one. THE SCOTSMAN-UK
4 STARS Suprising is her version of Horace's Silvers 'Song for my father' Pianoplayer Idiabonya lets the influence of Chucho Valdes play here and together with Carmen and bassplayer Theo Pas'cal they create a gripping version of Cape Verdian Afro Jazz fusion. JAZZ MAGAZINE-NL
4 STARS Incredible original voice...surprising version of Sodade.....