Famous for his many contributions to the global dance community both as a solo artist and as one half of legendary duo Masters at Work, Louie Vega’s newest full-length piece is further evidence of his boundary-breaking musical genius. Exploring, dissecting and fusing musical genres like Bossanova/Samba, African Jazz, Salsa and Soca, and languages like English, Spanish, Cape Verdian, Yoruban and French, Elements of Life creates a gorgeous musical collage.
Elements of Life’s uplifting message is most notable on the single, “Brand New Day” – created with pioneering underground music duo Blaze (Kevin Hedge and Josh Milan). The featured artists on the album are seasoned singer/songwriter/guitarist Raúl Midón and rising superstar, Anané. . On this album, Anané expresses herself in her native Cape Verdian language, English, and French on bossa-flavored cuts “Nos Vida (Our Life)” and “Ma Mi Mama (With My Mommy)”, as well as in the sexy spoken word collaboration with Dimitri From Paris on “Mon Amour (My Love).” and Ursula Rucker on “Journey’s Prelude”.
1. Journey’s Prelude – Spoken Word by Ursula Rucker
2. Jungle Fever
3. Brand New Day featuring Blaze
4. Cerca De Mi featuring Raúl Midón
6. Nos Vida featuring Anané
7. A Better Day featuring Raúl Midón
8. Ma Mi Mama featuring Anané
9. Tu Y Yo
10. Summer Night In Spanish Harlem
11. Quimbombo featuring Domingo Quiñones
12. Canto Para Chango
14. Elements of Life featuring Blaze
15. Mon Amour featuring Anané