spite of her age, 23 years old, Sara Tavares already has behind her
a career that has given her a prominent place in the portuguese musical
scene. Portuguese and Capeverdian at the same time, but with the world
in her heart, Sara Tavares is recognized as one of the nation's best
After winning the two most important music festivals in Portugal, in
1994, Sara Tavares recorded her first album "Sara Tavares &
Shout' , released in 1996.
As we listen to "Sara Tavares & Shout" we can hear gospel,
soul, funk and pop influences while we feel the power of Sara's beautiful
voice and the strenght of her unique interpretations.
With her first record released, Sara performed all over the country,
Cape Verde, Paris as well as in the most important televisions shows
and social happenings.
By the end of 1998, Sara Tavares decided to start working on her new
album. To do that, she stoped performing, and went through a long period
of introspection and search for her real routes and influences.
As a result of such profound search, "Mi Ma Bo", Sara Tavares'
new album, was born. "Mi Ma Bo", which translated from the
criolo (language from Cape Verde) means "Me and You", is an
intimist album, where Sara's voice appears as the link to all the emotions
expressed in its lyrics and melodies.
In this record, besides the singer, Sara Tavares introduces herself
as a composer and co-producer, which leaves us with the secure and nice
impression of her maturity, her talent and of the long career she has
in front of her.
"Mi Ma Bo" was produced by Lokua Kanza, a musician from Kongo,
but resident in Paris, who worked before with Ray Lema, Manu Dibango,
Papa Wemba, Miriam Makeba, Youssou n'Dour, etc... Together with Sara's
co-production, they give us a final result of a very special album,
with african colours and a touch of soul, that ends up by really touching
Sang in three different languages (portuguese, criolo and english),
"Mi Ma Bo" really shows us how universal is the language of
Having had already the opportunity to travel and to introduce this record
to other cultures, like Luxemburg, Holland, Germany, Cape Verde, Mozambique,
Namibia, Zimabawe and South Africa... we have seen how the world's doors
are open to Sara Tavares, giving us the secret thought that this great
artist is going to fly.
In France, Monaco and Andorre, "Querer Sonhar" - one of Sara
Tavares' compositions from the album "Mi Ma Bo", is included
in an african music compilation, together with artists like Miriam Makeba,
Lokua Kanza, Césaria Evora, Youssou N'Dour, Mory Kante, etc....
released by BMG France.
In Portugal, "Mi Ma Bo" is already a gold record.
MOST IMPORTANT HAPPENINGS OF SARA TAVARES' CAREER
Winner and best classification of ever at the RTP's Song Contest that
would lead her to the best classification of ever, for Portugal, at
the Eurovision Song Contest, 1994;
of the first album "Sara Tavares & Shout", 1996
Sara Tavares was chosen by Walt Disney Productions to record the portuguese
version of the song "God Help the Outcast" for the film "The
Hunchback of Notre Dame" and her interpretation of this song was
awarded by Walt Disney
Records U.S.A. the distinction of the best foreign version recorded
in the entire world, 1996;
Recorded several songs for the portuguese version of the film "Hercules",
by Walt Disney, 1997;
Perfomed live for BBC, 1997;
Recorded and performed live with several portuguese and capeverdian
artists, 1998 - 1999;
Recorded for the album "Tribute to Gershwin", with the "Rigs
Big Band Berlin", and later performed live at the Expo 98, 1998;
Performed live with "The Ministers of Music" - a gospel choir
from the U.S.A. - at the Expo 98, 1998.
Recording of the second album "Mi Ma Bo", 1999
Performances in Cape Verde, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Luxemburg
and Holland (Dunya On Stage Festival), 2000
"Mi Ma Bo" becomes "gold record" in Portugal, 2000
Sara Tavares received an award, after being choosen by the public as
"the best interpreter" in Portugal, 2000
2001: Sara Tavares performed at the Harare International Festival of
Arts (HIFA) in Zimbabwe (May 5th); at the Europaishes Festival in Germany
(May 11th) and at the 13th International Africa Festival also in Germany
Tavares doesn't have just a message... a lot of temper and a voice with
a warm timbre that slides through the concert hall... it's rare to listen
to so much music... this festival is motivated by surprises like Sara
"Mittwoch Newspaper"- Germany, T June 2001 (about Sara Tavares'
concert at the 13th
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