Sara Tavares – Xinti

xintiBorn in 1978 Sara Tavares grew up in Portugal but is originally of Cape Verdean descent. It was not until 2006 with her album release “Balance”, that I first discovered this versatile and expressive singer. All the songs were written by Tavares herself, and she also played most of the instruments too. It should be no surprise to hear that Tavares was only 16 years old when she won two of Portugal’s most prestigious TV music contests.

Her musical style of Gospel, Funk and Soul bridges the two cultures of Cape Verde and Portugal, while as a young artist, she draws inspiration from a range of contemporary music styles too. Her music can be at times melancholic and reflective, while also being upbeat and energized. It’s this that makes the artist one of the most dynamic that Portgual has produced in recent years.

Three years since ‘Balance’ and Tavares is back with another album “Xinti“, which although needing a few more listens than the instantly accessible “Balance”, represents another fine chapter in this artists career. One of the strongest songs on the album, “Di Alma” brings her spectacular voice and a funky bassline together.

You can purchase the her latest album from Amazon here.