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Lucibela was born in Tarrafal on the island of São Nicolau in Cabo Verde in 1986. She began to show an interest in singing at a very early age. When her family moved to Mindelo on the island of São Vicente, it proved to be the perfect place for her to build on her childhood passion. On entering high school, she naturally joined a local group.
A few years later, she started to sing in the hotels of Santa Maria on the island of Sal and Sal Rei on the island of Boa Vista. She perfected her technique and became an immediate hit with the tourists, performing songs made famous by the great singers of Cabo Verde.
In 2016, Lucibela made her debut in Lisbon, where certain journalists compared her to Grammy-winning vocalist Cesaria Evora. “Cesaria is unique and there’ll never be another Cesaria,” she said. “My aim is to carry on the work Cesaria began. I want to sing Cabo Verdean musical genres–such as morna and coladera–pretty much anywhere in the world, and I want to succeed because of my own talent.”
Her first album, Laço Umbilical, was released in 2018. NPR Music called it “a joyful celebration of her homeland… [a] gorgeous debut.”
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