<<rwd<< 10.01.2011 : Cape Verde's CARMEN SOUZA live @ The Del Monte Speakeasy!

Africa LIVE! Presents

CARMEN SOUZA live at the intimate Del Monte Speakeasy for a once in a lifetime show with this amazing new songstress from Cape Verde in the almost 100 year old venue underneath Townhouse is in the heart of Venice, California. This will be an early evening show followed by DJ Glenn Red of Afro Funke’ fame who will keep the party going until the wee hours. The first 50 people to arrive will receive the Future World Funk CD for FREE!

This is the second show in a wonderful new world music series produced by Afro Funke’ co-founder, booker and photographer Cary Sullivan featuring established as well as exciting up and coming artists from around the world! The first show in the series featured Luisa Maita from Brazil for an amazing live performance to a capacity crowd!

Pre-sale tickets are currently available for this VERY special evening!! http://templebarconcepts.tickets.musictoday.com/TempleBarConcepts/calendar.aspx


“Singing in a colourful, 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


(Afro Funke’ / Eclectica)


Beautiful jewelry & more:

The Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291
9pm / 21+ / http://www.townhousevenice.com/

$10 pre-sale – $15 at the door

Supported by http://www.fusicology.com/

Carmen Souza was born in Lisbon (81) within a Christian family of Cape Verdeans. Very early she experienced the “Sodade” feeling of missing someone with the long absence of her father due to his work at sea. 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.

After 2 critically acclaimed albums, Carmen Souza returned in 2010 with the impressive “Protegid” (Protected) that blends perfectly with elegance and sophistication the African and Cape Verdean traditional rhythms with Contemporary Jazz and Afro-Latin. Once again the two composers, CarmenSouza and Theo Pas’cal, present an album that pushes even more the limits of what constitutes the Cape Verdean music, World Music and Jazz. Carmen co-produces, plays guitar, Rhodes and signs 11 out of the 12 lyrics of the album.

In Protegid, Carmen Souza singular vocal approach and courageous musical chooses have earned her pairing with singers like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Cleo Laine, Eartha Kitt, Marie Daulne. Her Unique talent as a singer, composer and musician sets her apart from the female crowded Cape Verdean scene and progressively she is consolidating her own space in the World Music/Jazz music.

Carmen Souza have been touring extensively around the World since 2005 and in 2010 she played at big stages like The North Sea Jazz Festival(NL), London African Music Festival(UK) or the Leverkusener Jazztage Festival(DE). In Leverkusener, Carmen Souza, headlines a double bill with Mariza with anamazing performance later broadcasted by WDR/3SAT German TV. Carmen Souza started 2011 with a special performance on Italian national television RAI UNO, Concerto Dell Epifania, broadcasted to millions in Italy on the Jan 6, a religious holiday.

“Outstanding & Expressive vocalist with a rather unique and mesmerizing style” ..Cape Verde meets World Jazz music…Exuding talent, confidence, tireless globe-trotting, music full of positive messages, and the appreciation of her African heritage, Carmen Souza is our artist of the year 2010.”…is some of the words that International Press uses to describe this singer/songwriter.

“Carmen Souza sings in her native creole dialect with an intimacy, sensuality, and vivacity, characterized by a tremendous lightness of touch. Her music has a deceptive simplicity, a rare clarity, derived from a unique mix of influences from her Cape Verdean background to jazz and modern soul creating this beautifully vibrant, largely acoustic, accessible hybrid. World soul music for the 21st century.” David Sylvian

For More Info on Carmen Souza please visit:



For More Info on Africa LIVE!:

Africa LIVE! is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, restore, and reinvigorate the African music scene, creating public and industry awareness for its rich history and value, and commercial opportunities for artists and the community. Ghanaian international music star, Rocky Dawuni, along with Cary Sullivan (Afro Funke’) founded Africa LIVE! Recognizing the urgent need to usemusic as tool for social change they along with their partnershave been involved in a variety of social, humanitarian and environmental events in Ghana and beyond that work towards these goals. http://www.africalivemusic.com/ (under construction)


Booking & Production by CARY SULLIVAN