Loide: Cool Notes From an Afrolusophone Chanteuse

August 16, 2011 § 3 Comments

Loide belts out Afrolusophone jazz at Bohemian Caverns

When I think of Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde I invariably
think of Eduardo Mondlane, Samora Machel and Amilcar Cabral. Phrases like  A luta continua, and the heat of the revolutionary struggles in Portuguese controlled Africa come to mind. But on a late July night at the Bohemian Caverns in Washington, DC the cool, jazzy sounds of Loide’s music turned them into places of love and longing as she transported us back to where her roots lie. Loide was born in France with both Mozambican and Guinea-Bissau heritage, and then raised in California. That rich, diverse background filters through her music; she sings in Portuguese and English with influences ranging from Sarah Vaughn and Miriam Makeba, to Sade and Cesaria Evora. On that night in July it

Loide and her band at Bohemian Caverns

was her first time being back at the historic jazz club since she recorded her Live at Bohemian Caverns CD there a few years ago. As Loide made her way through covers and original compositions, she exchanged lively banter with the audience in between the songs. That interaction is vital to her, an important part of her sets, she revealed to Afrofusion TV in an interview several days after

Loide signs a copy of her live CD for a fan at Bohemian Caverns

her performance. And it partly explains her repeat choice this summer of cosy, intimate Bohemian Caverns. An attorney by trade, she lists both law and singing as her passions, while acknowledging that the day job takes precedence – for now. As much as we respect her service to people as an immigration lawyer, we’d love to see and hear more of what she gives out to audiences on any given night. Loide has her next gig scheduled at another of DC’s popular jazz clubs, Blues Alley in Georgetown in October; if you missed her performance at Bohemian Caverns you might want to catch this one. In the meantime check out a portion of the interview she gave Afrofusion TV, above. For more information on Loide, you can visit her music site. Loide’s music is also available on iTunes. Bless…

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  • Makafui says:

    I love this! Thank you for the introduction to Loide. Having grown up in West Africa between Francophone and Anglophone cultures, I’m finding that I’m severely lacking in knowledge of Lusophone culture, especially music.

  • suzete prokopieva says:

    you have such a wanderful voice and i love hearing you sing becouse you sing with passion and soul

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