Balancê - Sara Tavares

Times Square

Life is a balancing act for most of us. For Sara Tavares, a Cape Verdean living in Lisbon, Portugal, the challenge was to retain her heritage while fitting into a new community and, expressing that dual identity through her music. She recalls going to Zimbabwe a few years ago and seeing some really drunk people dancing. They would almost fall over and then catch themselves at the last minute. “We live life on a thin line,” she says. “If you stay too rigid, you will fall. I want to dance and make music with that kind of freedom and balance.” A couple of years ago, Sara spent some time back home in Cape Verde, working with a contemporary dance company. The experience gave her the courage to experiment with her musical traditions. Balance finds a musical equilibrium between the modern and traditional, between joy and sadness and between the head and the heart.