Portugal: Sara Tavares returns to the spotlight with her latest album Fitxadu

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Portuguese artist and 1994 Eurovision representative Sara Tavares is all set to release Fitxadu, her latest album.

Fitxadu (Closed) will be the fifth studio album by Portuguese-Cape Verdean singer Sara Tavares, set for release on 27 October.

Fitxadu will feature eleven songs, including Coisas bunitas and Filingadu which were both written and composed by Sara Tavares herself. The other songs were written and composed in collaboration with a number of musicians, including Paulo Flores, Manecas Costa, Nancy Vieira, Toty Sa’Med, Kalaf Epalanga, Virgílio Varela, Princezito, Bilan and Loony Johnson.

Work on Fitxadu started last year, in between Sara Tavares’ shows in Portugal and abroad. About the album, Sara Tavares says:

Fitxadu marks the closure of a cycle and, like all chapters, the beginning of a new one.

Two singles with accompanying videos have already been released, Coisas bunitas, and the latest one Brincar de casamento (featuring Toty Sa’Med):

About Sara Tavares

Sara Alexandra Lima Tavares (Lisbon, Portugal, 1978) is a singer-songwriter of Portuguese-Cape Verdean descent. Born and raised in Lisbon, Sara Tavares had a musical proclivity from an early age.

Her mainstream breakthrough came when she won the 1993/1994 talent show Chuva de Estrelas (Rain of Stars), a production of Dutch -based media company Endemol, with her interpretation of Whitney Houston‘s song One moment in time.

Following her victory in Chuva de Estrelas, Sara Tavares also participated in the 1994 Festival da Canção. Winning the contest, she subsequently represented Portugal at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland.

With her entry Chamar a música (Calling the music, lyrics by Rosa Lobato de Faria, composed by João Carlos Campos de Sousa Mota Oliveira), the then 16-year old Sara Tavares eventually reached a respectable 8th place out of 25 contestants, receiving 73 points.

Releasing various albums, Sara Tavares has received several awards, including a Disney Award for best original song for the Portuguese interpretation of God help the outcasts (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and a Portuguese Golden Globe for Best Portuguese Singer (2000).

Sara Tavares has a distinctive style influenced by world music, gospel, jazz and pop, singing in Portuguese, Portuguese-Creole, and English. As an artist, Sara Tavares breaks through cultural and ethnic borders, paying homage to her Cape Verdean and Portuguese roots, and incorporating wider African influences.

Enjoy Sara Tavares performing Chamar a música at Eurovision 1994:

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