EJ | Phila, Pa USA | 06/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased the imported version of "Nu Monda" awhile ago and was instantly taken with Tcheka, as a matter of fact, I couldn't put the cd away. I listened to "Nu Monda" faithfully every night,it gave me a warm, spiritual,and reflective feeling. Tcheka (aka Manual Lopes Andrade) is one of many young emerging Cape Verdean artists leading the charge,with a new blend of traditional and contemporary songs. It is always a challenge to write about music with lyrics in languages that are not understood, but despite this limitation of mine, I can say with great conviction that the voice and music of Tcheka is universally inspirational. I have tried to think about other artists who sound similar, but I have come up short, comparisons will do no justice for this legend in the making. Tcheka cries out his words with his amazing range; he is an outstanding guitarist and composer who creates a beautiful aura with pleasant rhythms mixed in. The standout track for me on this well produced cd, is Pico's Road (Strada Pico), followed by Rozadi Rezadou, and Let's Plow (Nu Monda). If you are interested in Cape Verdean music and culture and want to experience a refreshing sound, Tcheka is your guide."
An Electric Shock!
Ivan J. Goldberg | New York | 07/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A true exponent of Cape Verde music and culture, Tcheka aka is a talent that brings a fresh approach to his work. In his American label debut (Four Quarters Entertainment) "Nu Monda" is as invigorating as it is enlightening. Tcheka's forceful voice along with his sense of style ensconces the listener into a world of colour and texture that only his native island can offer. This album will take you on a journey that will leave you wanting more with every play. The album is thoughtfully sequenced and flows freely from track to track. Job well done.Again not a project I have had the pleasure to work on but a must have for my own library."