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Lura – Pensá Drêt

English: Female funaná dancers, Sal Island, Ca...

From the album M’Bem Di Fora (2006).

Lura, born Maria de Lurdes Assunção Pina (born July 31, 1975 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese singer and musician, of Cape Verdean descent. Her compositions are based on traditional Cape-Verdean music as for example the Morna, Funaná and Batuque, and influenced by African and contemporary Western music.

Lura was born in Portugal to Cape Verdean parents in 1975. Her father came from Santiago and her mother from São Nicolau. Initially she wanted to become a dancer or a swimming instructor. She became a singer at the age of seventeen when Juka, an artist from São Tomé and Príncipe, asked her to sing a duet with him for a music album. The album became a success, and subsequently she participated in productions by artists such as Bonga, Tito Paris, Paulo Flores and Paulino Vieira.

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