UMA MÚSICA ANGOLANA was born on the stage and it was imagined for the stage.The new album of the Angolan singer-songwriter Aline Frazão is the result of several long-waited reunions: the reunion with her band, the reunion with an affective collection of rhythms ranging from Angolan massemba to Cape-Verdean batuku, going through the maracatu and afoxé from Brazil, the reunion with songwriting and with the never-ending research for a voice which expresses itself through words, through singing, but also within the musical production as a whole.
Aline Frazão grew up in Angola’s capital Luanda, came to Lisbon to study when she was eighteen, then lived in Spain for a long time, and has now returned to Luanda. She wrote songs at a very early age, and in these first compositions she was influenced by a wide stylistic spectrum: bossa nova was part of it, jazz as well as the music of Cape Verde. The reference to her Angolan homeland and her Creole roots was always central. Only recently did she distinguish herself for the first time as a composer of film music, and she also sets texts by Angolan authors to music, always returning musically to Angola – despite her cosmopolitan desire for discovery and cosmopolitan reference.
“From all of my records, this is, perhaps, the one that had most of my entire dedication as a musical producer, trying to recreate a sound with no borders and simultaneously deeply Angolan. Reaffirming my passion for rhythms of African origin around the world, reinterpreting, deconstructing and inventing fearlessly are certainly some of my main motivations with this new album. UMA MÚSICA ANGOLANA is a sonorous universe full of jazz mixes and improvisations, danced along with a beat that comes from within the body, from within feelings. Because reconnecting it’s necessary more than ever.”
Note:UMA MÚSICA ANGOLANA in portuguese has three different meanings: an angolan song, an angolan music, an angolan female musician.
“I was particularly captivated by Angola-born Aline Frazão, whose solo and “section” work were truly outstanding. I was thinking about Brazilians…the gloriously meaty vocal sound of Fafá de Belém, the fluid rhythmic freedom of Gal Costa the phrasing of Céu…Frazão realy does have it all.”
– London Jazz News
“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)