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Mendes Brothers

The music of Cape Verde and Angola has been transformed into an international phenomena by the Cape Verde-born and Brockton, MA-based Mendes Brothers João and Ramiro. In addition to three albums of their own, the Mendes Brothers have helped to promote the music of their homeland as owners of the MB record label. Artists that have released albums on the label include Mirri Lobo, Djosinha, Waldemar Bastos, Sãozinha, and Cesaria Evora. Born in the small village of Palonkon on the island of Fogo, the Mendes Brothers emigrated to the United States in 1978. Shortly after their arrival, the brothers formed a band to perform Cape Verdean and Angolan music. In 1981, Haitian keyboardist Nono took over the band's leadership, composing original songs and serving as musical director. After studying classical guitar, Ramiro Mendes enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study commercial arranging and film scoring. While still at the school, Mendes produced an album, Andorinha Debolta, for vocalist Sãozinha. The album was a critical success with one tune, "The Whole World Sings," going on to win Cape Verde's annual international song contest. Mendes went on to produce more than 20 additional albums before graduating from the school. Launching MB Records in 1991, the Mendes Brothers began work on their debut album, Palonkon. The album was released two years later. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Gate Of Return 1

1. Porton De Regresso

2. Mae Querida Cabo Verde

3. Cabo Verde Nos Paraiso

4. Code De Djarfogo

5. Rosera De Abril

6. Deusa De Orion

7. Bo E

8. Isis

9. Cabrito Manso

10. Cabalinho D'Oro

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Track List: Para Angola Com Um Xi Coração

1. Atéquemfim

2. Angola (Live Band Version)

3. Angola Kuia

4. Angola Lxi Yetu

5. Angola Beleza Natural

6. Angola Na Paz (Live Band Version)

7. TPA

8. Kutululuka

9. Amor E Cego (1992 Version)

10. Atéquemfim (Instrumental Version)

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Track List: Cabo Verde / Kabu Verdi

1. Pasadinha

2. Pekadu

3. Pisónha

4. Nha Konpanhera

5. Simiéra

6. Margarida

7. Txabi D'Oru

8. Madjon Di Djarfogu

9. Sórti

10. Luanda

11. Angolamania

12. Cabo Verde / Kabu Verdi

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Track List: Satélite Zamby

1. Entrada

2. A Sul De Sará

3. Miku Bó

4. Movê

5. Candy Docy

6. Cabeca Monte

7. Cor Di Rosa

8. Satélite Zamby

9. Guiné

10. Dúnia

11. Lobu

12. Nós Vida

13. Spardêru Na Montadu

14. Saída

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Track List: Palonkon

1. Helena

2. Angola Beleza Natural

3. Xandinha

4. Angola Na Paz

5. Vida

6. Nosior

7. Lija

8. Angola Na Paz

9. Fidju Koitadu

10. Palonkon

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Track List: Bandera

1. Bandera

2. Angola Kuia

3. Si...?

4. Bia

5. Djarfogu

6. Madalena

7. Balumuka Palops!

8. Kabu Mau

9. Kaninzadi

10. TPA

11. Sodadi Nós Terra

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Track List: Diplomadu

1. Diplomadu, Part I

2. Diplomadu, Part II

3. Diplomadu, Part III

4. Tempu Gongon / Mundu'l Nho Djon

5. Amigu Komandanti

6. Sinhor Divogadu

7. Kamin Di Musteru

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