When one listens to the begining of the song “Nha Sunhu,” and to the voice singing “Ó África, ó tabanka, ó povo” (oh Africa, oh village, oh people) it becomes clear that Eneida Marta makes a difference. Her soul is unusually deep and the unique pitch of her voice can balance the sorrows and the hopes of millions – all in one song and in the same breath.It is not difficult to fall in love with “Nha Sunhu” and with the voice of Eneida Marta. What is difficult, though, is to keep away from it.
Born in Guinea-Bissau, just before the former Portuguese colony declared its independence, a particular time that has left marks in Eneida Marta’s voice: she sings the freedom and the struggle but she also sings love. As important is the fact that Eneida Marta was born to an artistic family, singing since she was a child.Later in Lisbon (Portugal), she achieved major progress working with the producer Juca Delgado and collaborating with renowned artists like Don Kikas, Rui Sangara, Aliu Bari as well as with Iva & Ichi before her debut in 2001 with “Nô Storia” (Our Story), an album that led her to several world music stages: Cape Verde, France, Holland, Germany, including Portugal and her native country, Guinea-Bissau.To her first work, succeeded in 2002 the album “Amari” that sparked interest from the New York citybased record label Putumayo World Music. That same year, the American publisher included one of the songs in the compilation album “An Afro-Portuguese Odyssey”.
Until the release of her third album, “Lopé Kai” in 2006, Eneida Marta has featured in several compilations and works by other artists, building firmly her unique and distinctive path, fully recognized after she won the first prize in a World Music contest with the theme “Mindjer Dolce Honey” later included in the Putumayo Acoustic Africa compilation.
In 2008, WOMEX The World Music Expo, selected Eneida Marta to showcase her talent for more than 3000 delegates, a special moment that resulted in an acclaimed international tour. In the next album she featured Angolan music, assumedly an inspiration for Eneida Marta: in the album “Eneida Marta Com Angola na Voz” (Eneida Marta with Angola in her Voice) she interprets the music of some great Angolan artists such as Teta Lando and Kiezos, references from her childhood.
These achievements have shaped Eneida Marta’s musical career, leading her to cross many different stages – Madrid and Barcelona to Amsterdam or Vancouver, from Rome to Budapest and Mexico City, Boston to London and Bern. And in every concert hall she has been welcomed with the same emotional applause by audiences touched by a voice full of soul, dreams, pain and joy. Eneida is a special woman, strong, commited to causes and to her own dreams. And that is how she presents herself in her next album due 2018.