220 Vesey Street
(btw. North End Ave. and West St.)
Maria de Barros was born in Dakar, Senegal, lived in Mauritania, and grew up in Rhode Island . . . but her heart belongs to Cape Verde. This island archipelago off the Western coast of Africa, is the birthplace of her parents and home to some of the most beautifully melancholic music on earth, and to one of the greatest singers Cesaria Evora - Maria’s godmother. De Barros’ music combines West African, Latin, and European styles alongside pop and soul, but stays very rooted in the musical traditions of Cape Verde including haunting mornas (think Blues), lively coladeiras (think salsa) and joyful funanas.