Carmen Souza and Theo Pascal were in Paris to inaugurate the Au Fil des Voix festival, which brings world music to the French capital, in concert at the mythical La Cigale auditorium. On the RFI microphones, Carmen Souza, a Portuguese singer from Cape Verde, talks about her new album “Interdependencia” and the collusion between France and Cape Verde.
Written and produced during the pandemic, this new work serves to remind us, according to Carmen Souza, of our human side, outside the routine of daily life, which experiences different emotions and which does not always allow us to fully experience these emotions.
“The interconnection speaks of a human and spiritual connection. We are in a very fast society that almost forces us into an automated routine and we are semi-machines. So we have to remember that we are human and that there are days of joy and days of sadness, days of vulnerability, connection and sharing, are small simple details, but we forget them”, said the singer.
After the album “The Silver Messengers”, released at the end of 2019, the new work “Interconnecteness” reflects the period of confinement, during which these artists took the opportunity to give wings to experimentation, recording the album in unexpected places, but also introspection. off stage.
She explained, “This album expresses experimentation and introspection, and we were searching for our core and understanding what we’re doing here, what our music is, and how we can do it differently. The album reflects all of that search.”
An example of this experimentation and introspection is the song Kuadru Pintadu, in which Carmen Sousa sings in five languages.
“Kadru Pintadu is a canvas, in the end we are all part of that painting, we all have a contribution, we contribute colors and textures as if a painter gave several different brushstrokes, it is a canvas with sound. Our languages -because I’m passionate about languages- we also add to this The orchestra, as if it were a linguistic song and on this subject I sing in five languages to show that diversity and richness”, expressed the singer. indicated .
Carmen Souza participated in the opening ceremony of the Au Fil des Voix festival, which takes place in Paris, and she said that there is a lot of collusion between Cape Verde and the French public, with the help of the Cape Verdean diaspora in France.
“The last concert we did, before the pandemic and everything closed, was in Paris. So there was a taste of something unfinished, so it’s good to go back to Paris and feel the crowd. Cape Verde is, in fact, between two places : the Portuguese-speaking area and the French-speaking space There are many Cape Verdeans here and this diaspora receives from both sides.