Carmen Souza

LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club
10 Dean Street


Award winning Cape-Verdean singer-songwriter Carmen Souza celebrates the life and music of emblematic pianist Horace Silver in her new album‚ The Silver Messenger.

The award-winning singer-songwriter and instrumentalist is a reference in the Cape-Verdean music and a female pioneer creating a new body of timeless Creole Jazz that undoubtedly will inspire future generations. With a critically acclaimed solid career, in both the World Music and Jazz scenes, spanning over more than a decade, several tours around the world and 8 CD, Souza, together with her long time musical partner, Theo Pascal, have managed to imprint ethnicity to Jazz in their signature 'World Jazz' and get it closer to its African roots. Souza´s charisma and earthy virtuoso vocal technique have permitted her to operate far beyond the limits of World Music, Jazz, and singer-songwriter, all genres in which she moves with ease and grace. The new cd 'The Silver Messengers', to be released Worldwide Oct 25th 2019, by Galileo Music, is a tribute to Horace Silver, someone who has been credited, more than once, as a big influence in Souza´s career. Silver left us 5 years ago and Souza´s connection to the emblematic and pioneer hard bop pianist go beyond just the artistic identification. "Growing up, I listened a lot to my father's records, which was mainly instrumental cape Verdean music, because he was a guitar player as well and was very much into that. When I first listen to Horace Silver, I could hear the same vibe, the same swing, intention, harmonically and melodically, familiar movements, cadences, chord changes, somehow I could hear the sound of my childhood, but with a different texture and aroma, in other words - Jazz." Indeed, Souza and Silver share the same Cape Verdean heritage and they both, in different ways, mixed that heritage with elements of Jazz. 'The Silver Messengers' are Carmen Souza on vocals and guitar, Theo Pascal on Electric Bass/Dbass, Elias Kacomanolis on drums/Perc and Benjamin Burrell on piano.