Tcheka, Eva Salina

World Music Festival at the Hideout

Tcheka, Eva Salina

Thu, September 14, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


1973, Ribeira da Barca, Cape Verde. Guitarist, composer.

Born in a remote area of Santiago, one of the East African islands of Cape Verde—home of the great
Cesaria Evora—Tcheka (a.k.a. Manuel Lopes Andrade)seems to have brought a sense of intimate
solitude to his stunning guitar and vocal music. Still, he grew up in a musical family—his father was
the skilled violinist Nhô Raul Andrade—and he was forced to pick up the guitar to play in the family
band. Eventually, he became obsessed with music. Over the years he’s managed to transform a
variety of styles indigenous to the islands in his own musical image, absorbing the melodic shapes
and rhythms of the batuku, funaná, finason, tabanka, coladera, and the famously sorrowful morna
into a gentle hybrid of startlingly lyric beauty and hushed sensitivity. Writing about his
comparatively extroverted 2007 album Lonji—produced by the Brazilian star Lenine-- Peter
Margasak of the Chicago Reader said,“With his nimble acoustic guitar and sweet wisp of a voice, he's
created a soulful singer-songwriter style that ripples with the insinuating rhythms of the batuque, a
kinetic traditional music that was once performed only by women.” On his follow up recording he
crossed further bridges, collaborating with the great Malagasy accordionist Regis Gizavo, stretching
his style across Africa to the other coast. His stunning new album Boka Kafé is a solo effort that lays
his dazzling technique bare, putting all of the emphasis on his deft, jazzy finger-picking on acoustic
guitar and his supple, soulful voice, which possesses such elastic versatility that some have
compared it to the mighty Salif Keita.
Eva Salina
Eva Salina
Eva Salina grew up in Santa Cruz, California, which is not the most likely place to produce one of
America’s most skilled and soulful interpreters of Balkan music. As a child she fell in love with a
tape of Yiddish songs and when her parents came up empty finding her a teacher skilled in the
tradition, they instead found an instructor in Balkan songs, setting Salina off on an unlikely path,
but one in which she now mentors others in the tradition with private lessons in Brooklyn, New
York, where she now lives. She also leads the eclectic vocal ensemble the Jalopy Chorus, where
Eastern European harmony collides with Irish and American folk, old-time sounds, and even
bluegrass. But her greatest interest is straight-up Balkan sounds. She leads a dramatic duo with the
Serbian/Romanian Romani accordionist Peter “Perica” Stan, singing traditional songs with bracing
directness and emotional purity, but thus far the apotheosis of her career has to be her remarkable
2016 album Lema Lema: Eva Salina Sings Saban Bajramovic, on which she puts her own modern
spin on the music of the singular Serbian singer—perhaps one of the most legendary figures in all of
Balkan music, a vocalist who seamlessly blended the joyous release music provided by song with
the bruising tragedy, betrayal, and hardship of everyday existence. Stan is part of a knockout cast of
players that stretch the songs in a variety of directions, building on Balkan brass blowouts with
flourishes of hard rock, electronic grooves, and even reggae, but nothing gets in the way of Salina’s
powerful singing, which adapts the world-weary tone of Bajramovic for something all her own.
World Music Festival at the Hideout
World Music Festival at the Hideout

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642