The Cape Verdean singer/songwriter Sara Alhinho is an artist who embodies the intersection of three continents. Born in Portugal with a Cape Verdean mother and a father from Mexico, Sara moved to Cape Verde when she was six years old and developed her musical identity there, as reflected in her first solo album titled “Mosaico”. With her warm voice and versatility on the guitar, she now presents her second album “Ton di pretu”, combining the various musical influences she has collected since her childhood.
Her artistic career began early with participation on the album “Menino das Ilhas”, produced by Paulino Vieira, continued to evolve with the album “Gerassons” recorded with her mother Tété Alhinho, and was affirmed with her own album “Mosaico” (co-produced with the Mexican Icautli Cortés), with which she won in 2014 the “new artist award”, Cape Verde Music Awards.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she was sent to boarding school in France at 14, where she soon started taking advantage of her free time by getting into the arts, in particular hip hop dancing. Immersing herself not only in traditional Congolese music but also in jazz, standards and classical, she carved out her own direction in a way that is both personal and original. Whether singing in Lingala, French or English “My first instrument is my body. My music speaks to the heart but passes first and foremost via the feet.”
In 2014, Gasandji featured on the lineup of many European festivals, including Cully Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and the Würzburg Africa Festival (Germany), presenting her first album “Gasandji”. Purveyor of hope, Gasandji is also a woman and a mother. In a society where role models are dwindling, she believes that education is the most important tool. Workshops, school conferences, concerts with kids, Gasandji is always ready to share the themes that matter to her with all four corners of the world.