Singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist Aline Frazão (31) was born and raised in Angola’s capital Luanda, where she currently lives. At the age of 18 she went to Lisbon and started a journey that would last for a decade, between Portugal and Spain. During that time, she released three albums: “Clave Bantu”(2011), “Movimento”(2013) and “Insular”(2015). She started writing songs and poems at an early age, influenced not only by the Angolan literature but also, musically, by a wide spectrum of styles: Bossa Nova, Jazz and the rhythms of Angola and Cape Verde.
Her fourth album “Dentro Da Chuva” was recorded in Rio and came out in 2018. It cellebrates her passion to MPB and the fascinating and ancient links between the sounds of Angola and Brazil. The eleven very minimalistic tracks unfold both a poetic and a political crossing into the Atlantic Ocean, where silence, poetry and her voice are enough to guide us.
The album starts in the Cape Verde archipelago, where the composer Danilo Lopes da Silva delivers a wonderful ballad with “Peit Ta Segura”, having Aline singing in Creole, the language of her Cape Verdean grandfather. In the duet with Luedji Luna, “Kapiapia”, the two singers give their voices to the mythical pictures of the Angolan poet Ruy Duarte de Carvalho. There is also Aline’s adaptation of the Serge Gainsbourg classic “Ces Petits Riens”, as a melancholic and downtempo samba.
Backed only by her guitars and the occasional percussion by Zero Telles, Aline has also invited the portuguese guitar player and composer João Pires, the brazilian cello star Jaques Morelenbaum and the singer-songwiter Luedji Luna from Bahia to help her tell this story. Her story.
“On one hand, there she is: searching for silence. On the other, the outside noise, the changes in Angola or the antagonistic relationship with Rio and Lisbon. Dentro da Chuva is all about that and it is magnificent”
– Público, PT
“The political touch of the album is remarkable but the real enchantment comes along with songs like “Chamado por Morfeu”, which envolves us with its sound, cadence and all of the images evoked by the lyrics.”
– O Globo, BR
“Singer-songwriter Aline Frazão is one of a promising new generation of musicians from Angola. She navigates effortlessly through different styles, from the traditional music of Angola and Cape Verde to bossa nova, fado, and jazz.”
“While her compositions have an undoubtedly Brasilian feel, she seamlessly integrates her Angolan and Cape Verdean influences for unique and powerful songs.”
“It is with poetic sweetness and dreams of equality, that Aline gives voice to those who want to be light and demand real transformations, for a more just and balanced society. An active voice in the fight for human rights, it invites us to accompany it in this mission to be a transforming force and to resist in hope.”
– Portugal I News (Portugal)
“You could say that Aline Frazão is the Mayra Andrade of Angola – a singer who has made a concerted choice to make music influenced by her African roots but is determined not to be limited by them.”
– Songlines (UK)