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Sara Tavares

Afro-Portuguese songwriter Sara Tavares was born in 1978 and brought up in Lisbon. Second-generation Portuguese of Cape Verdean decent, Sara was brought up by an elderly matriarch in her community after her father left for the States in search of a better life, her mother having traveled south in pursuit of the same ends. Sara showed great musical promise from a young age, a potential that was cultivated and bore fruit while Tavares was still in her teens. Winning the Endemol song contest Chuva de Estrelas, followed by a victory at the Portuguese Television Song Contest in 1994, earned Tavares a slot on the Eurovision Song Contest, all at the age of 16. Her winning song, "Chamar a Musica," was featured on her debut single release, Sara Tavares & Shout (1996), where Tavares mixed gospel and funk with her native Portuguese influences. Performing and writing songs in a mix of Portuguese, Crioulo, and English, Tavares spoke to her own lost generation of Cape Verdeans and Afro-European immigrants who searched to define their unique culture. Her sophomore effort, Mi Ma Bo, released by RCA in 1999, marked a noticeable change in direction toward Afro-pop. The record went gold in Portugal, announcing Tavares' arrival as a national star. After a five-year wait, eager fans were treated to Tavares' third album, released independently in 2006. On Balancê, Tavares penned all of the repertoire and added percussion to her list of credits, in addition to guitar and voice. Full of messages of hope and self-worth, Tavares' Balancê established her as one of the diaspora's most distinct and influential artistic voices. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi
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Amazing voice..she sounds like a heavenly angel❤
vidasosabi
Love this song an apparently so does the hiphop world JCole wrote a song to this called "losing your balance." Both great songs.
jamie.butter f l y 2 0 1 2
Simply beautiful.
What a lovely voice!
My wonderful daughter introduced me to Brazilian music and in due course of time, thanks to Pandora, I came across Sara Tavares whose haunting music and distinctive voice call to my heart like no other.
I've been lucky enough to see her in concern twice. One time in Boston at Berkeley and another back in our home country Cape Verde in Praia at Assembleia Nacional!!!! I love her as a person and as a musician. She has a beautiful soul... Ka tem ninguem sima bo Sara Borboleta!!! ! : )
i wish pandora would add her other albums....Xi n t i is awesome! i would listen to her sing anything
she also has an amazing album XINTI.. love it.. following Balance
inyaheart
She is amazing!
I listen to her music over an over and never grow tired!
very inspiring young lady
ngibeto
I LOVE her voice, she is amazing. I could listen to her all day...her voice is like honey.
Thank you Sara for giving music a new meaning, keep it up
her voice gives me the goosebumps. it makes me feel all in love + stuff...
harmonychiro
Tavares embodies an upbeat sultriness that is so much fun to listen to no matter what I am doing!
silviaevans
Love this song!
aelibo
I love her music!!!
dauray123
Love it!
Oya thank U 4 bringing this lady N2 my world....... . . . . . . . . .
janelletrian a
love her voice! beautiful music and puts happy sparks in your day!! :)
I'm in love with her voice! Such a free and beautiful spirit Sara has! Muito Bom!
Love the song you feature "One Love". I am happy to subscribe to Pandora as you always play the best music and introduce me to artist I would not otherwise hear of if it weren't for the diversity your stations offer.

Thanks for the wonderful musical selections!

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