Carmen Souza was born in Lisbon (81) within a Christian
family of Cape Verdeans. She grew up in a mixed language
environment of Creole, the Cape Verde dialect her parents
spoke at home, and Portuguese, always surrounded by the
Cape Verdean way of life.
In her teens she sang professionally in a Lusophone Gospel
Choir. Being a strongly spiritual person, Carmen always saw
music as her mission and felt privileged to have the
opportunity to express herself through it, working hard every
day to deserve that opportunity. Musicians like Luis Morais,
Theo Pas'cal, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock,
Keith Jarret, Diana Krall, etc, are definitely those that truly
inspire her evolution and search for a unique personal style.
Theo Pas'cal, her producer and mentor and one of the best
bass players in Portugal, discovered her talent and introduced
Carmen to Jazz, Fusion and other contemporary sounds that
markedly influenced her musical development.
In 2003, Carmen began working with Theo on the
compositions that would be included on her début album Ess
ê nha Cabo Verde