Neuza‘s own story could be one of the emotional tales that she tells in her songs. Her mother was a local singer in Cabo Verde who died of cancer when she was a little girl. For years, Neuza found music too painful a reminder of this tragedy, so she put it aside and focused on her education, work and family. One day, her co-workers in a restaurant heard her singing while she set the tables and insisted that she share her voice with the customers. Soon, she was heard by José da Silva, producer of the late Cesaria Evora (Cabo Verde’s most famous musical export), who signed Neuza and released her 2014 debut, Flor di Bila, which reached an international audience.

Although Neuza covers many of the haunting mornas identified with Cesaria Evora, her specialty are the soaring sounds of talaia baxo and rabolo, which are native to the volcanic island of Fogo from where her family hails. She also has recorded curcutiçans, the fierce & witty lyrical battles between men and women.

With two-thirds of Cabo Verdeans living in the diaspora, immigration is a common theme in Nueza’s songs. Now, she is living that life herself, as she has moved to Massachusetts, USA to be with her husband.