Lura, Megitza Quartet | Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park | International | Chicago Reader

Lura, Megitza Quartet Recommended Free Soundboard

When: Thu., July 9, 6:30 p.m. 2009

On the elegant new Eclipse (Four Quarters), Portuguese singer Lura expands her survey of traditional music from Cape Verde, the land of her immigrant parents: in addition to upbeat genres like batuku and funana, where she already shines, she tackles morna, the sorrowful ballad style made famous by the legendary Cesaria Evora, and proves herself a match for it. More than ever her sound is ecumenical, contemporary, and accessible, and though Jose da Silva’s production is a bit glossy for my taste—I could die happy without ever hearing another wind chime—it can’t drag down Lura’s effervescent singing. She thrives on dance material, shaping melodies with great precision even over the most rigorous grooves and simultaneously imbuing the songs with the essential saudade—a hard-to-translate Portuguese term that more or less means “longing.” And of course the record’s slickness won’t be an issue at all when she hits the stage, where she’s a commanding, magnetic presence. Chiwoniso had to cancel due to travel issues.Peter Margasak

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