Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, vocal artist “Candida Rose” captivates her audiences with the golden aura of her radiant presence and stirs them with a uniquely compelling voice that combines the overtones and undertones of jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel with just the right touch of international spice. Candida Rose’s 10-song debut CD entitled “KabuMerikana: The Sum of Me”, combines her Cape Verdean musical roots with her American influences to bring a fresh new take on world/jazz music which she calls “KabuJazz”. This CD brings together world (Cape Verdean) and jazz musicians on jazz standards such as “Afro Blue” and “That’s All” and Cape Verdean standards such as “Sodade” and “Amor di Mai”. This CD also shows off some of her songwriting, composing, arranging and production talents and skills on songs such as “Kabu Verdi, Un Dia”, “Karta Pa Nha Pai” and “Too Late to Turn Back Now”. These performances combine the musicianship of noted Cape Verdean talents, Carlos “Kalu” Monteiro and Djim Job, with jazz notables, saxophonist Javon Jackson and bassist/guitarist Santi Debriano, among others. Interationally known poet Everett Hoagland contributes with the spoken word/song, title track “Sum of Me (Un Poku di Tude/A Little of All)”. A recent review in “Global Rhythm Magazine” will attest to the beauty and depth of both the CD’s production and Candida Rose’s vocal abilities. Candida Rose is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth where she graduated “Summa Cum Laude” with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Music (African-American/World music) and a minor in African and African/American Studies.
"Candida possesses a terrific voice and she knows how to sing...
Sodade Magazine, Summer 2006
James Reed, The Standard-Times
"A voice that is at once warm, deep and inviting".
(partial text of CD review found in Nov/Dec 2007 issue) ".....she can wrench your heartstrings along with the best from the little island that can... Candida Rose honed her skills in New England gospel and jazz groups, and describes her 10-song debut as "KabuJazz", ably flexing her lush pipes..."
Adam Gershenson - The Boston Globe
"Candida Rose is singing and her voice shimmers as she leads
her quartet through a series of standards..."
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Santos Spencer, CaboVerdeOnline.com
"Com efeito, fiquei impressionadíssimo com a capacidade vocal dela .... que não estavamos perante uma cantora qualquer mas sim uma artista de corpo inteiro...". (I was impressed with her vocal capacity. She sings with her whole body. - abbreviated translation)
Katie DeBonville, Northeast Performer
"rich, soulfull voice... gifted prformer... develops
an instant rapport with the audience."
Stacy Meyn, Global Rhythm Magazine
Listen to Candida Rose on NPR's "All Things Considered"
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personal interview with Candida Rose, click on the image at left...