Cabo Verde Cretcheu invites you to experience the romantic melodies with rhythms of the up-beat Coladeira, the nostalgic blues of Morna, the African influenced "Batuque" the Caribbean influenced Zouk and beyond.
Featuring the undeniable soul of Dilma Barros from the Cape Verdean city of Mindelo singing in her native language of Crioulo, Dilma has an engaging and charming stage presence that comes naturally from being raised in the rich cultural heritage of Sao Vicente Island, long known for producing the greatest musicians and composers. Her artistry has deep family roots; Dilma’s father was the legendary cavaquinho player Artur Gomes who played with Cesaria Evora, sister Diva Gomes is a renowned singer, mother was a dance champion and Mindelo’s carnival rhythms (batucada) are directed by Dilma’s Cousin, percussionist Mike Lima. Dilma is owner of the folk-art gallery Art D’Cretcheu and Cousin Kiki Lima is an internationally known painter. Throughout the family the expression of the arts is evident and celebrated.
Cabo Verde Cretcheu also features the well-established guitarist and singer Mitchell Long. He is arranger and music director for the group as well as composer of original songs in the traditional Cape Verdean style. Mitchell has adopted the music in his heart from years of working with many of the finest Cape Verdean artists around the world and in Cape Verde. Credits include performing with the legendary Djosinha, virtuoso guitarist Bau, Diva Gomes, Gardenia and seven years touring and recording with Maria de Barros. His almost three decades in music include extensive work with jazz, blues, world and pop music artists such as Waldemar Bastos, Julia Fordham, Sergio Mendes, Herbie Mann, Vinx and Sambaguru.
Cabo Verde Cretcheu band
The six piece band also features Brazil's Jean Pierre Trappenard on Cavaquinho, Germany's Tom Moose on Violin, Americans Matt Spencer on Bass and Simon Carroll on Drums. Special guest appearances have included Ritchie Garcia, Maria de Barros, Diva Gomes, Adam Gust%2