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    Grandson of a generation of cape-verdeans who departed to Holland, Nelson Freitas started in 1997 as part of Quatro, a band who was exploring a new sound, halfway through zouk and kizomba, with r&b and hip hop influences. Their three albums, released over seven years, brought them success in countries like Cabo Verde, Angola and Mozambique, it's something that makes Nelson really proud: “we changed the sound in a way it became cool to listen to zouk or kizomba in your car with the windows down.

    Nelson became an unlikely leader within Quatro, and he remembers when the band’s journey was reaching the end: “we were recording the last album and I was experimenting things by myself. I was living and breathing music, 24 hours a day. But I had no idea how people would interact to me.” “Magic”, the debut album, arrived in 2007, followed by “My Life”, in 2010, and “Elevate” in 2013. All these albums have a lead single that tells a story of growth: from “Deeper” to “Rebound Chick” to “Bô Tem Mel”, the latter becoming a pivotal moment on Nelson’s career: “It was a year when I learned a lot. 2014 was the year I did the most concerts in my life,” including Coliseu dos Recreios and MEO Arena, Portugal’s biggest venues.

    But then came “Miúda Linda”, the ideal calling card for Nelson’s 2016 album “Four:” “I went completely opposite of my previous hit singles because I wanted to challenge myself. I don’t like to stay in my confort zone. I get bored easily.”

    The follow-up single, “Break of Dawn”, with Richie Campbell, also helped shape the album: “That song is an example of what I had in mind with this record: breaking boundaries. I hope to inspire new artists to do something they feel, not what might play on the radio.”

    Other collaborations include Mayra Andrade, Mikkel Solnado and Loony Johnson.

    Every step is a chapter of a story written by himself, with the pen held strongly in his hand. “Even if I don’t know how, I know what I wanna do next. It’s all part of a bigger thing.

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