Elida Almeida

Elida Sofia Cabral Almeida
Elida Almeida
Background information
Pedra Badejo, Santiago, Cape Verde
Years active2010-present

Elida Almeida (born 1993) is a Cape Verdean singer.


Elida Almeida at Rudolstadt-Festival 2018

Elida Sofia Cabral Almeida was born in Pedra Badejo in the east of Santiago Island. She spent her childhood years with some difficulty, in the mountains of Santiago. At 17, she sang at church, she listened to the radio, she said on that she grew up on a place without electricity or necessities. She worked on radio commentaries, especially with DJs and presenters. She started writing her album Nta Konsiqui[1]

She later presented at local concerts and sang at bars in Cape Verde where she started her career. The producer José da Silva, a resident of France with Cape Verdean origins, who had previously worked with Cesária Évora, was interested in her career. Almeida’s style is different from most famous Cape Verdean morna-coladeira singers. She is more influenced by funaná, batuque, rhythms created by deserted slaves decades ago, but has a different similarity for the expression.[1] Two years later, she made her first album Ora doci, Ora margos. In December 2014 she performed in Portugal and France; officially debuting later during 2015 in France at Festival Musiques Métisses in Angoulême. She then went on to take the stage in Paris and the United States in the same month.[2] In November 2015, she was designated a laureate at the RFi awards, made by a jury chaired by the Malian singer Oumou Sangaré.[3] She produced mainly on the African continent even at the start of the Festival des musiques urbaines d'Anoumabo (FEMUA - Anoumabo Urban Music Festival) in Abidjan.[4]

Elida Almeida was present at the 2016 Cabo Verde Music Awards (CVMA) together with Hélio Batalha.[5] A month later, she went to the 10th edition of JazzKif, the Kinshasa Jazz Festival.[6]



  • Ora doci, Ora Margos (December 2014 - released by Harmonia in Cabo-Verde)[7]
  • Ora doci, Ora Margos (May 2015 - released by Lusafrica in the rest of the world)
  • Kebrada (October 2017 - released by Lusafrica)


  • "Txika" (July 2016 - Lusafrica)[8]
  • "Di Mi Ku Di Bo" (January 2017 - Lusafrica)[9]
  • "É Zonban" feat. Djodje (July 2017 - Lusafrica)[10]


  • "Nhu Santiagu" with Lura in her album Herança (2015)

Collaborations with other artists

She collaborates with Nelly Cruz, a bass guitarist, Diego Gomes with keys, Magik Santiago with the drums and Hernani Almeida, a guitarist. They produced her first album Ora doci, ora morgas[11]


  1. ^ a b Adrien Barbier, Elida Almeida, nouvelle pépite du Cap Vert , Le Monde, 24 December 2015
  2. ^ Guillaume Thibault, « Elida Almeida, la tornade musicale du Cap-Vert », Radio France international, 5 April 2015
  3. ^ "Eg, « Elida Almeida (Cap Vert) lauréate du prix Découvertes RFI 2015" [Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), Laureate at the 2015 RFi Awards]. L'Express de Guinée (in French). 18 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Musique: Elida Almeida ouvre le Femua 2016 à Abidjan" [Music: Elida Almeida Opened FEMUA 2016 in Abidjan] (in French). Lebaldi. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Élida Almeida é a artista mais premiada e Hélio Batalha revelação". A Nação (in Portuguese). 8 May 2016. Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  6. ^ Bilanda, Jude (6 June 2016). "JazzKif : la Capverdienne Elida Almeida s'est produite à Kinshasa" (in French). Radio Okapi. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Mindelo infos : Elida Almeida". www.mindelo.info. 10 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Les Chroniques de Hiko - Txika". les-chroniques-de-hiko.blogspot.fr. 26 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Djolo - Nouveau Single d'Elida Almeida Di Mi Ku Di Bo". djolo.net. 16 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Elida Almeida : nouveau single "É Zonban" feat Djodje !" [New Single: "È Zonban" feat. Djodje] (in French). Culture Bene. July 25, 2017.
  11. ^ Rosny Ladouceur, Les complices d’Elida Almeida (Compilations by Elida Almeida), Le National, 21 June 2016

Further reading

Newspaper articles

  • Églantine Chabasseur, Elida Almeida, ombre et lumière (Elida Almeida, Shadow and Light), Radio France International, 2 December 2015 (in French)
  • L. Daku, Revivez le concert de la lauréate du prix Découvertes RFI, (Reviving the Concert by the Laureate of the RFi Awards, Elida Almeida), Radio France International, 4 April 2016 (in French)
  • A.D. McKenzie, Cape Verde's Newest Voice Sends Message to Girls, IPS, 11 June 2015
  • Ana Maria Ribeiro, Portugal ouve música neste fim de semana, Correio da Manhã 13 August 2016
  • Elida Almeida, le live de la matinale (Elida Almeida - Live in the Morning), France Musique, September 2016 (in French)