Mario Lucio & Simentera
Legendary musical traditions of Cape Verde are extended through the original songs of Simentera. Led by singer and songwriter Mario Lucio, the group has added a sophisticated dimension to the musical traditions of their homeland. After a 14 year hiatus this world music ensemble par excellence luckily returns on stage, offering an authentic and diverse musical heritage of the cross cultures between West Africa, Brazil, and Portugal. Gifted songwriting performed with particular charm turn out each performance to convert into a truly emotional experience. Funaná is dancing. It is a song to dance, song of dance, uprising, and rhythm. Mario Lucio de Sousa was named Cultural Ambassador of Cape Verde in 2011 and received the WOMEX 2014 Professional Excellence Award.