Cape Verdean / US
Kavita Shah is an award-winning vocalist, composer, researcher, and educator deeply engaged with the jazz tradition. A lifelong New Yorker of Indian origin hailed for possessing an “amazing dexterity for musical languages” (NPR), Shah incorporates her ethnographic research on Brazilian, West African, and Indian musical traditions into her original repertoire. Shah has released a new album, “Cape Verdean Blues,” after six years immersed in the traditional mornas and coladeiras of her idol Cesária Évora on the Atlantic island of São Vicente. “Shah’s music reflects the insatiably curious mind of an ethnographer, the soul of a poet, and the eye of a painter” (Owen McNally, WNPR).
Friday, Sept. 29 6th Street Tent
Saturday, Sept. 30 Buskirk-Chumley Theater