“Ogum Ogum” is one of the songs with a message of faith and hope from the album “Sobre Viver”, and a good counterpoint between the incisive lyrics of the rapper from São Paulo.
It will be sung, for the first time live, on the Sunset stage of Rock in Rio 2022, on Saturday, September 3rd. Listen, below, to an interview with Criolo on the podcast g1 heard.
In an interview with g1at the time of the album’s release, Criolo stated that the meeting on stage must go through ancestry and faith, in addition to praising “how important and strong Mayra is”.
The show will be a “celebration of the rapper’s musical trajectory, according to Criolo’s publicist.
Mayra doesn’t give much of the participation, but says that, in addition to the feat with the rapper, she should sing some of her own repertoire.
“I won’t give a spoiler, because it’s important for people to discover it live with us and live this surprise, this emotion, but of course Ogun will be a strong moment”, .
“The first time we do a live song is always very important, it’s a kind of rooting of the music and sharing it with each presence that will be there”, she says that she has not yet seen a live Criolo show.
Latest shows of ‘Manga’
Mayra Andrade comes to Brazil for concerts at Rock in Rio and in six other cities — Photo: Disclosure
In addition to participating in Rock in Rio, Mayra will also perform seven other shows in Brazil with the album “Manga”, released in February 2019.
She describes the album as “solar”, made when moving from Paris, where she lived for 14 years, to Lisbon.
“It’s an album that talks about affection, about the absence of those affections too and what this can cause, it talks about freedom to be yourself, it talks about the history of immigration, it talks about a loving culture, it talks about a reunion of imaginary places”, explains.
Mayra Andrade’s tour will have seven shows, including Rock in Rio and Coala Festival — Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/Mayra Andrade
Mayra says that it was the most economical album of the five in her career, which started in 2006. The reason is simple: it was the last one on her contract with Sony, and she hadn’t decided whether or not to continue with the label.
“Closing this chapter without visiting Brazil was a very bizarre thing, a feeling of something unfinished.”
She still hopes to play a show in Cape Verde in December, but then she must dedicate herself to new music.
“I needed to go through a process of personal transformation, which is still happening, in order to realize what I want for the next record. I’m at a moment where it seems like it’s all quicksand, we have to know how to dance with it.”
Experiences reflected in music
Mayra Andrade, singer from Cape Verde, will tour Brazil in September — Photo: Disclosure
Mayra does not remember how many times she was in Brazil, but the first time when she was 18 years old was decisive for her career.
Since she was little, she has listened to Brazilian music and has Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque and a large list of artists as a reference for her.
After spending a week here, Mayra chose to drop out of the Art and Communication college that she was studying in France, with a scholarship, to dedicate herself only to music. “It was always music actually, that was a parenthesis.”
For her, the fun of doing shows in Brazil is “feeling the palpable energy circulating in the rooms”.
“Realizing that people leave there happier, realizing that we are all connected, bringing a message in a language that no one understands there”, says the artist who sings in the Creole language in most of the songs.
The singer was born in Cuba, but moved to Cidade da Praia, capital of Cape Verde, in the first month of her life, where she stayed until she was six years old. Afterwards, she lived in Dakar, Senegal, and Luanda, Angola, until she was 10 years old.
Mayra Andrade sings at Rock in Rio 2022 with Criolo — Photo: Disclosure
She quickly returned to Cape Verde, but then went to Germany. This busy and almost nomadic life is justified by the work of his stepfather, who was a diplomat.
When she finished school in Cape Verde, Mayra went to Paris, where she started her career and stayed there for 14 years.
It was there that he made albums such as “Navega” and “Lovely Difficult”, which drew attention to his name in the market. Mayra has lived in Lisbon for seven years.
“I see [minha música] like a cauldron of many things, even though I’m not very interested in analyzing what comes from where. It’s more about experiencing things and assimilating them, they become part of us. One day you write a song and you realize that influence came out there”.