Hailing from Portugal by way of Cape Verde, singer-songwriter Sara Tavares comes to town as part of the World Music Festival on the heels of her latest release, “Balancê” (Times Square Records). Her voice is sweet but assured—there is little drama in the way she sings (just compare her voice to that of fado singer Ana Moura, who duets with her on “De Nua”). Her songs are both in Portuguese and Creole, which is, in the words of Cape Verdean legend Cesaria Evora, “a badly spoken form of Portuguese,” mixing African sounds (“Bom Feeling”) with other pop, samba and jazz influences. “I am very satisfied with the reception I am getting from the audience,” she says over a phone interview from Lisbon. “People are coming to the shows, and they seem to relate to the music.” One of the most interesting tracks in the album is “One Love,” a song with lyrics in English, French, Portuguese and Creole which basically says “I know that you will understand me if I express myself with love’s language/I know I will understand you if from you love comes/ I know I will understand you if love comes.” “I wrote that one playfully,” she says. “Everyone talks about love in their own way, and in the end we all complete each other.” (Ernest Barteldes)
September 15 at Hothouse.