On April 20, Nervous Records will release the sophomore album from Anane entitled Ananesworld. A fitting title as it's composed of music ranging in styles from dance, reggae, rock, R&B soul, world and the Caribbean; and because there's a level of honesty that connects Anane with every note that's performed on the album. Dance albums often come across as "tracks," but what we have with Ananesworld is something more
It's a rich album that throws back to a meaningful time and place.
Produced by Grammy Award Winner Louie Vega and co-produced by Anane, it won't take very long to get fully immersed in Ananesworld. The opening track is a sparkling bass-heavy cover of Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice" that brings some serious chic disco flavor. "Plastic People" offers a dance rock hybrid with tropical island flair while "Rock The Cradle" delivers a poignant message through whispers of reggae (both tracks co-written by Anane and Lisa Fischer).
Straight out of a vintage movie soundtrack the smoky and sexy "Terra Longe" and "Bem Ma Mi" are pure class from the French Riviera. Next, an interlude provides a clear transition between the two sides of Ananesworld. "Bigger Than Life," "My Sexy Way" (co-written by Anane and Duane Harden) and "A New Born Day" reflect a love of classic R&B; "Let Me Love You" and "Let's Get High (Life Love Music)" reveals Anane's dancier side; and Dancehall King Mr. Vegas and MC Tony Touch help tear it up on "Shake It" (co-written by Anane and Duane Harden). A thick slice of 80's NYC punk on "Standing In Line" leads to a massive surprise that's "Love To Love You Baby." While there's no doubt you're familiar with Donna Summer's original, we're positive you've never heard it quite like this. That's because Anane teamed up with iconic Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli for a stunning rendition of the classic.
On both a personal and professional level, Grammy Award Winner Louie Vega is a very important person in Anane's life. Not only is Louie Vega this album's producer and a great teacher/mentor, but he's also Anane's husband. Working together they recruited a talented team of collaborators including songwriter Duane Harden (Groove Doctors and Bob Sinclar writer); Lem Springsteen (Mood II Swing); and 1992 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy award winner Lisa Fischer, who not only sang and arranged background vocals but also played an integral part in writing the tracks "Plastic People" and "Rock The Cradle."
Music has been in Anane's blood since growing up in the Cape Verdean capital of Santiago. She discovered her talent for singing during family gatherings called "serenades" where people would play guitars and percussion instruments and sing a "morna," a melancholic but beautiful ode to past times spent on the islands. Anane eventually brought her talents to New York City, where she met Grammy Award Winner Louie Vega who recruited her as an integral member of the Elements of Life Collective. This stepping stone lead to an international career including appearances at Japan's world-renowned Blue Note, Europe's celebrated Montreux Jazz Festival, Finland's Pori Jazz, Holland's North Sea Jazz Festival, Cape Town's Jazz and Britain's Womad Festival. Perhaps her biggest gig yet was in 2007 when world-famous entertainment empire Cirque De Soleil personally approached Anane to perform the opening song for the Super Bowl XLII pre-game show. Her performance of "One Dream" was seen by more than 140 million people worldwide.
01. "Walking On Thin Ice"
02. "Plastic People"
03. "Rock The Cradle"
04. "Terra Longe"
05. "Bem Ma Mi"
06. "Reflections (Interlude)"
07. "Bigger Than Life"
08. "My Sexy Way"
09. "A New Born Day"
10. "Love To Love You Baby (Featuring Roberto Cavalli)"
11. "Standing In Line"
12. "Let Me Love You"
13. "Let's Get High (Life Love Music)"
14. "Shake It (Featuring Mr. Vegas & Tony Touch)"
15. "One Dream"
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1/30 Las Vegas, NV - Prive (Planet Hollywood)
1/31 Los Angles, CA - Deep
2/6 Toronto, ON - Revival
2/10 New York, NY - Roots @ Cielo
2/12 Washington, DC - Club Liv
2/13 Chicago, IL - Red Dog
2/14 New York, NY Pacha NY
3/23 Miami, FL The Wall/Grove
2/20 Latina, IT - Unico Club
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2/26 Milan, IT - Gasoline/Lift
2/27 Trani, IT - Lampara
3/4 Casablanca, MA Chocolate Club
3/5 Paris, FR - Djoon
3/6 Geneva, CH - Deep
3/11 London, UK - Ministry Of Sound
3/13 Lisbon, PT - BBC Club