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SUZANNA LUBRANO

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Suzanna Lubrano

Period

1975 - current

Genre

Cape Verde, R&B, zang, zouk

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Suzanna Lubrano

Suzanna was born Suzanna Lubrano in Cape Verde. After having sung in a band called Rabelados she starts a very successful international solo career. Her songs are in the Cape Verde-Creole language and combines zouk with R&B.
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Instruments

zang

Former members

Carlos Matos   toetsinstrumenten
Lili Spencer Salomao   achtergrondzang
Eunice Vieira   achtergrondzang
Akos Laki   saxofoon
Kiki Gomes   gitaar
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1991   Dina Medina
2008   Lange Frans & Baas B

Biography Suzanna Lubrano

Suzanna was born Suzanna Lubrano in Cape Verde. After having sung in a band called Rabelados she starts a very successful international solo career. Her songs are in the Cape Verde-Creole language and combines zouk with R&B.

1975 - 1996

Suzanna Lubrano is born on November 10, 1975 in Cape Verde. At the age of four she and her parents move to the Netherlands (Rotterdam). Already at a very early age she started singing and when she is 18 she becomes a professional. Together with singers Beto Dias and Meno Pecha she sings in the Cape Verdean band Rabelados. The band releases the Sukuro in December 1995.

1997

Suzanna releases her solo debut Sem Bó Nes Mund ('Without You In This World'). Most of the songs are written by Suzanna and Beto Dias.

1999

Suzanna's second album Fofó ('Honey') comes out.

2000

Suzanna's star is rising within the international Afro-Portuguese community. She becomes one of the most wanted singers and performs all over Europe, the US and Africa (not only Cape Verde but also Senegal and Angola). In Mozambique Suzanna's album becomes gold and platinum.

2001

On June 2 Suzanna receives two Cabo Music Awards, one for Best Singer and one for Best Duo (with Beto Dias).

2002

On her third album Tudo Pa Bo ('Everything For You') Suzanna joins forces with French-Antillian zouk player Ronald Rubinel. Other guests on the album include Jorge Do Rosario, Dabs Lopes and Suzanna's brother Mariozinho Lubrano. Besides zouk, the album is also influenced by reggae and salsa music.

2003

In August Suzanna's performance at the Baia das Gaitas Festival on the Cape Verde Islands is broadcast live by Portuguese satellite TV. Later that month she performs with Julio Iglesias at a birthday bash for the president of Angola. The single Tudo Pa Bo is the first video by a Cape Verdean artist to be shown on a Dutch music station. Suzanna is nominated in three categories at the Kora All African Music Awards 2003 (the African Grammies: Best Artist West Africa, Best African Arrangement and Best African Video. Suzanna performs live during the presentation of the awards on December 6 at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg. It is the first time in the history of the Kora Music Awards that an artist from the Cape Verdean music performs live during the awards ceremony, which is broadcast in 76 countries Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the US. Suzanna wins two awards, one for Best West African singer and also the public's award for Best African singer.

2004

Suzanna Lubrano Suzanna's new band debuts as one of the festival openers at the Noorderslag music conference in Groningen in January. A European tour follows. The single Silencio is dedicated to Seder Soares, a boy who was shot dead in February 2003 in Rotterdam while he was playing in the snow with some friends. Proceeds of the single go to the Seder Soares Foundation that helps children who have become victims of violence. In June Suzanne performs at the Festival Mundial, Rotterdam Import festival and Live For Life festival. Suzanna's performance at the Gamboa Festival on the Cape Verde Islands in front of tens of thousands of fans, is broadcast live by RTP Africa, and also by French station TV5 Africa and the Portuguese RTP 2. In the meantime, Suzanna's name is changed into her full name Suzanna Lubrano, in order to avoid confusion with other artists in Latin-American countries that use the name Suzanna.

2005 - 2007

After a conflict with her record label Kings Records, Suzanna initially signs to the famous French world music label LusAfrica. Suzanna and LusAfrica come to the conclusion, however, that their mutual wishes and ambitions are not the same and the contract is terminated. The consequence is a considerable delay in the release of Suzanna's fourth album. In 2006 Suzanna signs to the young but ambitious American label Mass Appeal Entertainment. In the meantime, she performs all over the world. On 22 April 2005 she can be seen at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC. But she also performs in Rotterdam, New York City, Paris and Lisbon, Luanda and Cairo (Africa Cup of Nations), Maputo and Boston, and in London and the Cape Verde Islands.

2008

Suzanna's fourth album Saida (Exit), is released. It's a cross-over album featuring Cape Verdean Zouk, R&B and Cape Verdean Batuku. The album is for the most part recorded in the Blue Jay Recording Studio in Massachusetts, where recently artists like Pink, Rihanna, Nicole Scherzinger en Lauryn Hill recorded their music. On the album, which also includes a DVD with a documentary about the singer, Suzanna collaborates with various producers, musicians and composers. On 18 of the 19 tracks on the album, Suzanna is involved as composer and/or songwriter. The R&B ballad Love So Good is specially written for Suzanna by Ryan Toby (who had several American Top Ten hits with City High and who is also the composer of the hit single Miami by Will Smith). On the album Suzanna also works with Jacob Desvarieux (founder of Kassav', the 'inventors' of Zouk music), Buddha Monk (Brooklyn Zoo Wu-Tang), Ronald Rubinel, Tracy Bonham (violin on Verdadi e Amor), Dre Robinson (rap on Love So Good), Quatro Plus and producer of Saida, Marcus ''DL” Siskind, who has worked with Lauryn Hill, Backstreet Boys, Lisa Lisa and Queen Latifah. The American release of the Saida also includes the track Friends, a duet with Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes who died in car accident in 2002. La ter in the year the track will also appear on an album with previously unreleased tracks by 'Left Eye'. In the meantime, Suzanna receives a platinum CD in Mozambique for the sales of her third album Tudo Pa Bo. In the Netherlands she contributes to the new album of rap duo Lange Frans and Baas B. With Fiesta Suzanna scores another number one hit on RDP Africa, the leading pan-Africa radio station for the Portuguese language part of Africa. The line-up of her band in the Netherlands is Jeannine La Rose (vocals), Jeroen de Rijk (percussion and band leader), Jurre Hogervorst (bass guitar), Bas Mulder (guitar), Wilco Koster (keyboards) and Roël Calister (drums).

Lange Frans & Baas B

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