Philippe's songs are written in Capeverdian creole, although some of his later hits have also been written in other languages such as Portuguese or Wolof. Love is by far the most important of his lyrical themes, and the musical genre he plays is appropriately named "Cabo Love". Cabo Love is a variation of Zouk, a slow dance from the caribbean also known in other parts of the world as "Kizomba". Cabo Love is peculiar in that it is danced on a step called the "Pasada", which is based on a syncopated time signature of 3/4, while the music itself is always written on a 4/4 beat. The resulting effect is thrilling to those dancers who have mastered it.
Pasada, like many innovative dance steps, originates from Angola. Philippe Monteiro's style is richly written around Rn'B bass lines and groovy drum patterns. His use of vintage synthesizer sounds is also characteristic of the genre. Philippe also writes other styles of capeverdian music, such as "Funana", which is a very fast dance akin to the Merengue.
Another popular dance with Philippe is "Batuca", a mid-tempo dactylic rhythm like the "gig", which he has managed to cleverly blend with traditional senegalese drumming. Philippe Monteiro's music can also be heard in Brasil and Cuba, where Capeverdian and Angolan students have brought his albums. Philippe has released many albums under his own name, all of which have enjoyed major sales figures in his specialized market. Philippe has also composed and produced many of the most popular Cabo Love songs and albums for other singers such as Paulinha, Gama, To Semedo, Yvon Paris, Princesse Lover, Djudja, Grace Evora, etc... Philippe can be reached via email at email@example.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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