The famous Cape Verdean songstress Suzanna Lubrano is celebrating the release of her new album “Saida”. This passionate song writer and beauty queen has done what she terms a “crossover LP” by venturing into a new musical territory, bringing together the Sexy Cape Verdean Zouk Love, the more traditional Cape Verdean Batuku and the delicate R&B ballads in English.
Suzanna is right to term this LP a “crossover” because it is an intelligent, successful fusion of Zouk, R&B and more traditional Cape Verdean music styles. The product is an excellent, sweet and irresistibly danceable LP with powerful and relevant messages. For instance in the first track that gives the album its name “Saida” which means exit, Suzanna sings about the courage to begin a new life after a past terrible experience. Here she shows the importance of being available and ready to help the suffering. “I was locked up in my pain without feelings, You gave me your hand and you saved me, I was locked up in my sorrow without consolation, You gave me your hand and saved me, I never thought I’d love again after all I’ve been through in the past, I never thought I’d trust someone to accompany me in my life,” Suzanna says.
In the track “Sumara”, Suzanna cautions against letting friends and rumours interfere with your relationship. She warns against making decisions based on rumours and ill advice from friends. Such friends, Suzanna says, only have the aim of breaking your love and after succeeding, they start to laugh behind your back. Before talking in a bad way or hurting the person you love, Suzanna advises that you give the partner a chance to tell his/her side of the story. “Don’t let rumours break you apart, your love is stronger than bad intent, let love and trust be the foundation of your relationship, from there you can continue to build,” Suzanna sings.
In this diverse pop album containing 19 tracks released by Mass Appeal Entertainment, Suzanna is backed by a wide array of producers, composers, musicians, and rappers.
Suzanna is a musician who has continuously re-invented herself throughout her career. She won two prestigious awards (the Best Female African Artist and Best Female Artist – West Africa) at the Kora All African Music Awards in 2003 in South Africa. Asked how she feels about her success, she says “I’m someone who is always with both feet on the ground. I’m just a mutual person. I don’t see myself as an artiste, I just see myself like any other person.”
The Cape Verdean pop diva who is deeply saddened by the suffering of many desperate children all over the world, has a dream of building an orphanage. She feels happy when she receives a letter saying that her songs made someone feel good. “That’s what excites me,” she says.
Suzanna officially launched the new LP on 31st January at the Cabo Verde meets Brasil Party at Holland Casino, Rotterdam, Netherlands. She plans to stage many other shows in different parts of the world to launch the LP.
You can order a copy of “Saida” and obtain more information about Suzanna’s tour schedule from: René Romer and Mical Ghebreab, TransCity, The Netherlands, Tel + 31 10 414 04 64, Tel + 31 65 368-06-75: Email: or firstname.lastname@example.org
By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a
Interview with Suzanna Lubrano
“Saida” is inspired by my personal experience
Please share with us something about your new album. The first track that gives the album its name is “Saida”. Why have you named it “Saida” and what does this mean?
“Saida” is a good one. It is not really something that happened to me, but might one day. The song “Saida” is about a girl who had a difficult relationship. Because of all the pains, the sorrows, she got stuck, got locked up in her emotions. She couldn’t see a way out. Then someone come along and showed her the exit, because “Saida” means exit. So it is not something that really happened to me. “Saida” can mean a lot of things also. It can mean, for example, living somewhere then choosing to move to live somewhere else. It’s like changing of moments or things you are going through so it’s wider than what I’m talking about in the song.
What inspired you to compose this LP?
I think this one, except for “Saida” is a more personal album. You know a lot of things are inspired from things I went through, or things I knew someone who went through them, so it is a more personal album.
Is there a difference in sound between your new album and the previous ones?
We’ve worked with different kinds of people this time. This CD is like a crossover. I always wanted to do a crossover CD but I had to wait for the right time and this was the right time to do it because we have this label in America, the Mass Appeal Entertainment, so we had a chance to work with some people who are professionals in doing some R&B songs. We decided to make it a crossover, that’s why there is a lot of R&B songs and English songs on it.
What’s the secret of being a successful musician?
I think just being yourself. And always trying to do better than what you did before, and trying to go with the time.
What’s your advice to young Africans aspiring to become musicians?
I must say they have to continue building up. I would gladly do something for them to help them record because they need someone serious to record with and to invest in them. I would say keep the faith and keep on doing what you are doing. One day I’m sure something will happen.
Apart from music, what else do you do?
I do a lot of things. I’m a mother so I do my best to be a good mother, and that’s very important next to the music business because it could be very busy sometimes. I ensure that I have plenty of time for my little ones. That’s very important. I think being a good mother is even more important than being a musician. And next to that, I love children and one day I would love to do something for the children all over the world. This year I hope we will do something on that line to help children in need.
What’s your advice to African women forced to make a choice between a family and a career?
I would love to say that nothing is impossible. I believe you can do both, that is what I’m doing, of course you need someone to help, but it’s not impossible. You should never leave your family just to go for a professional career, I’ve never done that, I know it is possible to do both because I’m doing it.
By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a