Coladera are exploring new directions of music from Cape Verde with new album ‘La Dôtu Lado’ on Agogo Records

Coldera’s La Dôtu Lado maps new musical routes of Cape Verde. The country’s island sounds of batuque and funaná mix with deep candomblé inspired rhythms and the sway of fado. 

Coladera are three musicians from Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal and for their first official international release have added new layers to rich traditions. Singer-guitarist Vitor Santana is from Bela Horizonte, Brazil, joined by Portuguese singer-guitarist Joao Pires and percussionist Miroca Paris from Cape Verde. 

Sung mainly in the Portuguese language but with a couple of songs in Cape Verdean creole, La Dôtu Lado features guest percussionist Marcos Suzano, a Brazilian pandeira master. The group’s lyrics are about the spirits of the Orishas, deities worshipped by slaves who were shipped across the Atlantic to Brazil from West Africa often via Cape Verde. The country was an empty island until the Portuguese empire found it in 1456 .

Check out a range of styles of this World Treasures Music mix:

“In Brazil there is a lot of DNA from Cape Verde,” Vitor explains. “You can find this DNA in many rhythms. One of them is coladeira. It’s a little bit samba, a little bit Bahia. Cape Verde is in the middle.”

The album La Dôtu Lado is out on March 29th on Agogo Records.