"Cruzamente", is a Boston-based, all-female band led by lead singer Maria "Lutchinha" Neves, who hails from the island of Sao Vincente and has performed and recorded worldwide for over twenty years, alongside other major Cape Verdean artists. Her latest release "Castanhinha" abounds with strong vocals, fearless traditional grooves and a wonderfully rich Cape Verdean texture - from the traditional morna and coladeira, to the Portuguese fado, to the Brazilian modinha.
“Cruzamente” means “crossroads”, reflective of not only the variety of musical styles from Cape Verde that they perform, but also reflective of all seven band members rich instrumentation, diverse nationalities and their varied musical backgrounds:
The combination of Lutchinha, with her natural charisma and warm voice, and the individual talents within the band has proven to be a huge success. Cruzamente's band members are from all over the world: Cape Verde, Israel, France, Japan, Korea and the U.S. They bring a rich and original approach to both the traditional and contemporary songs they perform. Cruzamente is pure entertainment and audiences cannot help but step to the dance floor to join them in celebration of their infectious music!