International music awards winner, Suzanna Lubrano is a Cape Verdean Zouk singer based in Rotterdam. She was born on born November 10, 1975 in Cape Verde, Suzanna Lubrano but her parents moved to the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands when she was four.
Suzanna began to sing when she was still a young child, but picked up singing professionally when she was eighteen. She made her debut as a professional singer in the popular Cape Verdean band Rabelados together with which she recorded a very successful CD album. In the meantime Suzanna had already started a solo career, resulting in three solo CDs: her debut Sem bó nes mund, the successful follow up Fofó – including the megahit Ohi Li Oh La – and Tudo pa bo. On Tudo pa bo (Everything for you). Suzanna works with Jorge do Rosario, Dabs Lopes and Beto Dias, and also started a cooperation with Ronald Rubinel, who had previously asked Suzanna to participate on his Jeux de Dames and Zouk me Love CDs.
In 2004 she released the song Silêncio on a single CD, a song which was not only released in Cape Verdean Creole, but also in English and Dutch. The song was written for a sad occasion potraying a 13-year-old Cape Verdean boy from the Dutch port city of Rotterdam murdered on the street in broad day light while playing in the snow with his friends.
In summer 2007, Suzanna’s new single “Gone” was released followed by “Saida” which was released in 2008. The Saida album was released by Mass Appeal Entertainment. Most of the songs are recorded at the Blue Jay Recording Studio, owned by Kevin Richardson, formerly of the Backstreet Boys and Saida’s producer Marcus “DL” Siskind.
In May 2009, Suzanna Lubrano released her fifth solo album, Festa Mascarado. It is a predominantly Zouk and Zouk R&B album, with sidesteps to Bachata and Batuku. The album also includes a rap of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
In June 2010, Suzanna released her first DVD, “Live at Off-Corso”, featuring Dutch saxophone player Candy Dulfer as a special guest. In December 2011, she launched her new single Ca Bu Para, and in April 2012 the song Tardi di Mas, produced by Giorgio Tuinfort.
In 2011 and 2013 Suzanna released compilation albums, including a number of new songs, ´Vitoria´ (2015), including duets with Machel Montano (Trinidad), Iyanya (Nigeria) and Vinicius D´black (Brazil.
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In December 2003, Suzanna won the prestigious Kora All African Music Award for both Best West African Female and Best African Female at an event watched by 600 million TV viewers worldwide.
She was the first and now only Cape Verdean artist to win this prestigious award, as well as the first.
She also won a Cabo Music Award for best singer and best duo, Museke Online African Music Award for best African Artist based in the Diaspora (2010).
In March 2011 she was the most awarded female solo artist at the first Cabo Verde Music Awards winning two awards for “Festa Mascarado”
Throughout the years, Suzanna Lubrano has received Gold and Platinum albums in Africa for various releases.
Suzanna Lubrano was nominated again for the Kora Awards (Best West-African Female Artist) in 2012 and in 2015 for the African Entertainment Awards and also in 2016 for African Album of the Year and Best West-African Female Artist at the Kora All Africa Music Awards.