Her forebears came from the island of Boa Vista with its Saharan sands, she grew up on the African Santiago and the nomadic São Vicente, and launched her musical career in Lisbon, capital of fado and pop. Naturally, the singer with her direct, open gaze is very much at home in the world of international Portuguese-speaking culture.
Manhã Florida is the singer’s fifth album and her second recorded for the Harmonia label, Lusafrica’s partner in the archipelago. It opens with Mi Sem Bo Amor, a superb morna penned by two great figures of Cabo-Verdean music: Vitorino Chantre, poet, musician and father of Teofilo, and Amândio Cabral, writer of the iconic Sodade. The first impression is of Nancy’s controlled, supremely true, highly characteristic voice, which has won the young woman acclaim from Portuguese critics as the “finest voice of Cabo Verde” of the new generation; the second is the wealth of musical worlds that unfold over a background of uncompromising classicism. In 2019 the artist won two CVMA awards – Cape Verd Music Awards in the categories of Best Traditional Song and Best Female Interpreter. Relevant is also the singer’s participation in the celebration of the consecration of Morna as a Cultural Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In Bogota, Colombia, the singer perpetuates the moment interpreting the theme “Sum Sabia”, a popular Morna.