Minhas Cores (My Colours): Elisete

Written by  January 5, 2012

The album, sung in Hebrew and Portuguese, is centered on original and well-crafted songs that echo the essence of Brazilian and Middle Eastern musical stylings.

Minhas Cores (My Colours): Elisete

Label: Elisete Retter

Elisete is an Israeli-Brazilian singer-songwriter who combines the smooth pop grooves of South America – found in “It’s not Carnaval anymore”, “La de longe”, “Ninguem”, “So queria apenas” – with down-tempo elements – found in “Sentada na praca” and the spectacularly catchy, guitar-driven “Yam” and “Chalom betoch chalom”. Elistete’s use of both Hebrew and Portuguese provides a wonderful palette of musical “colour” throughout Minhas Cores (“My Colors”). Overall, on the album is centered on original and well-crafted songs that echo the essence of Brazilian and Middle Eastern musical stylings. A must-have recording! The liner notes provide song translations in both languages.

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Matthew Forss

Verge magazine's music columnist, Matthew Forss holds a BA in biology, MS in exercise science, and an MFA in creative writing. Since 2000, he has been writing world music reviews for Edmonton-based Inside World Music.com, while amassing a very large collection of ethnomusicological recordings from every country in the world. Matthew continues to publish music articles and cultural book reviews in various academic journals and magazines and has an acquired taste for Central Asian linguistics (Uzbek, Kazakh, and Tajik).

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