Monday 10 & Tuesday 11 March, 7.30pm
LONDON Ronnie Scott’s
£25 - £42.50 + bkg from

Off the back of her Celtic Connections concert in January, tropical diva Mayra Andrade will return in March to play two special nights in the intimate club setting of Ronnie Scott’s having previously played larger concert halls like the Barbican. Here she’ll give us an exclusive preview of her new album Lovely Difficult – out on Sterns on April 7 - her first new studio album since 2009’s Storia, Storia.

Mayra likes to think that Lovely Difficult conveys the same sense of adventure – and adventurous subtlety – she so admires in the work of the great Brazilian, Caetano Veloso. “Why not let yourself grow, change and move on?” she says. “Why not get the public used to expecting the unexpected?”

In 2008 Mayra won the Newcomer award at the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music and featured on BBC’s Later with Jools Holland with her debut album, Navega. Since then Mayra has been a regular visitor to the UK and toured the world extensively.

The acclaimed young singer and multi-instrumentalist creates multi-layered music embracing Brazilian inflections, Cuban melodies, Parisian pop, funky basslines and flamenco guitars, while never forgetting her Cape Verdean roots, to create a heady mix of sounds which makes these two special shows worth making a date for.

'A stunningly delicate Creole voice’ (The Sunday Times)

Take a look at a teaser from her new album here.