My real introduction to Zouk with Laise Sanches

Laise Sanches JungleLast summer introduced me to the latest album of Dutch based Cape Verdean singer Laise Sanches. We totally recommend her album for your coming weeks and we explain why. The reason I haven’t posted any article for a few months is because it was time to collect my thoughts and figure out what I really find important. That which always helps me to reach a point where I am satisfied and energized for a new season is music. Music helped me reach this point where I concluded that I ‘must’ succeed as a creative entrepreneur. And that requires a lot of devotion.

Laise Sanches

I discovered Laise Sanches in the Rotterdam music scene and fell in love with one of her records: Like a Star. Being a true lover of R&B music, I just loved the vibe she brought to the stage. Because it somewhat reminded me of a super positive version of Keyshia Cole with a singing tone of Faith Evans. She released her album Laise Sanches last August and released it with a launch event in the city center of Rotterdam. Never thought that Cape Verdean music could move me in a way like it did. I and my friends paid a visit and we were more than impressed.

A preference for Anglophone

Having to mainly listen to Afrobeats, I forgot what the rest of the African continent had to offer music wise. I also realized that the music I often listen to comes from English speaking African countries only. Take the Ghanaian and Nigerian music scenes for instance. It occasionally taps into coupé décalé ( take Enemy Solo by Awilo Longomba and Psquare for example). But does it receive countless spins on our music stations? My answer to that is: no. Let alone Portuguese or Creolo music.

My growing interest for Zouk

Laise Sanches made my interest for Souk to grow. To grow up in the urban region of the Netherlands, means that Zouk is a known music genre to me. But the only records that stood out to me from that genre came from Jayh and Nelson Freitas. At the release of her album, I sensed a deep connection that Cape Verdeans have with Zouk music. It was more than a rhythm that makes them to dance. I could sense that the lyrics plays an essential part also. Not much like us Ghanaians who often gravitate to a good production that can make us to dance.

Laise maintains an R&B/Soul groove to each song on the album. On which she sings in both English and Creolo. I don’t understand a single word of what she sings on some records, but I hear the passion coming from every song. I mean, I play it countless times in the car.

Having listened to the album, my favorite records are:  Visuado Na Bo, Fall in my arms, Sempri Djunto and Fight for this love.

If you are the type that enjoys your spare time on a Friday evening with a glass of red wine, you need this album!

Watch her video: Sempri Djunto below

Buy the album on Itunes!

Find more information on her website.




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