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Eclectic Singer and Lyricist announces the launching of the campaign to fund her debut album project, which will mix rhythms and influences from Brazil and Luso-Africa

WASHINGTON DC- Mixing samba, choro, bossa nova with semba, morna, coladera and batuco is the aim of this audacious project by a young singer from Brazil. Counting with the experience and knowhow of well-known Brazilian producer JP SILVA, Cissa embarked on this project over a year ago working across countries with JP who lives in Rio de Janeiro. Cissa shares, “working remotely has been an amazing exercise of love and dedication on both of our parts, writing songs oceans away from each other has given us a broader canvas with which to paint our impressions of culture and passion.”


Made up of well-crafted and distinctively arranged covers as well as originals, the album will be a mix of contemporary expressions of traditional sounds. This album will join the Lusophone music movement to modernize without losing the rich essence of the musical legacy of artists such as Gilberto Gil, Cesaria Evora and Waldemar Bastos.

Renowned cultural group “JONGO DA SERRINHA” will be participating in the album and have already started to record when they participated in the demo song A BEIRA E O MAR, composed by Roberto Mendes. Jongo is a rural cultural manifestation directly associated with the African culture in Brazil. The formation of samba carioca was heavily influenced by Jongo. Inserting itself within the so-called ‘dances of the belly strike’ (however being related to the ‘Semba’ or ‘Masemba’ of Angola), the Jongo was brought to Brazil by Bantus. Jongo da Serrinha is the biggest and most famous Jongo group in Rio and one of the strongest in Brazil.

Cape Verdean singer-songwriter NENAS GONÇALVES will also be collaborating in the album and two of his songs will be featured. Nenas is a talented songwriter with a similar musical taste to Cissa’s, his music is heavily influenced by Brazilian rhythms and his lyrics express the love for his culture and the struggle of his people.

The kickstarter campaign will begin on May 20, 2013 and will run for 35 days. Once launched, it will be accessible by searching for “Cissa Paz” on


Born in Belgium by chance, CISSA PAZ grew up in her parent’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Brought to the U.S. at age 17 her biggest dreams seemed impossible as she watched the snow falling from her window in Northern Virginia. With a diplomat father, Cissa traveled all over the world, and acquired a taste for all the ingredients now being added to her debut album project. Today, Cissa performs songs in Portuguese, Portuguese-Creole, Spanish, French and English. Her voice is pure and honest and her perspective is a refreshing blend of what world music can provide.



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