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“Cape Verde delivers another promising talent… Crisp and percussive, his guitar playing creates potent Afro-Latin hooks behind his soaring, feathery vocals.”
THE TIMES (London)


Manuel Lopes Andrade, aka TCHEKA, was born on Santiago, the most important African island of the Cape Verde archipelago. At a very early age he began to perform with his father, Nho Raul Andrade, a highly popular violinist. At 15 Tcheka began to develop a more personal style based on batuque, one of Santiago Island’s more popular beats which was originally played by women. His aim was to widen the appeal of batuque, turning it into a beat that everyone would love. Today, Tcheka is well known for his work in modernizing batuque, providing a new reading of batuque while conserving it’s traditional structures.




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