B. Leza

Real Name:
Francisco Xavier da Cruz
Profile:
The professional pseudonym of Cape Verdean's most famous poet and songwriter, he was born on São Vicente Island (Cape Verde) on the 3rd of December 1905.
He is the uncle of Cesaria Evora.

He taught the signature Cape Verde musical style, The Morna, to Evora and to Bana, the latter with whom he performed until his death in 1958.

Trivia: In the last few years of his life, B. Leza became paralyzed and was forced to use a wheelchair. Bana had to carry him to performances. He was able to reinvent The Morna to compensate for his shortness of breath by shortening phrases and swallowing syllables. These changes have actually been stylistically incorporated into the musical style by several artists since.
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Writing & Arrangement

SEGC 26 B. Leza - Mornas  album art Fernando Quejas Barca Sagres Fernando Quejas - Mornas (7", EP) Columbia Records SEGC 26 UK 1952 Sell This Version
CGEP 37 B. Leza - Mar Eterno album art Martinho da Silva Ondas Sagradas and 2 more… Martinho da Silva - Mar Eterno(7", EP) Parlophone CGEP 37 UK 1958 Sell This Version
7 LEM 3044 B. Leza - Cai No Mar  album art Marino Silva Paul Marino Silva - Cai No Mar (7") A Voz Do Dono 7 LEM 3044 Portugal 1960 Sell This Version
110 507 E Cezária Evora* Oriondina Cezária Evora* - Mornas De Cabo-Verde(7", EP) Casa Silva 110 507 E Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
110.900 E B. Leza - Merecimento De Mãi album art Bana Nossa Senhora De Fátima and 1 more… Bana - Merecimento De Mãi(7", EP) Casa Silva 110.900 E Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
110 778 Y B. Leza - Nha Terra Cabo-Verde album art Bana, L. Morais*, Os Verdianos Talves and 2 more… Bana, L. Morais*, Os Verdianos - Nha Terra Cabo-Verde(LP, Album) Casa Silva 110 778 Y Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
110.898 Y B. Leza - Penssamento E Segredo album art Bana Penssamento Bana - Penssamento E Segredo (Album) Casa Silva 110.898 Y Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
110.903 E B. Leza - Problema album art Bana Penssamento (Morna) Bana - Problema(7", EP) Casa Silva 110.903 E Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
110.905 E B. Leza - Mar Di Furna album art Bana Acompanhado Pela A Orquestra Voz De Cabo Verde Dor Di Sodade Bana Acompanhado Pela A Orquestra Voz De Cabo Verde - Mar Di Furna(7", EP) Casa Silva 110.905 E Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
113 108 E B. Leza - Solo Do Morgadinho E Luiz Morais album art Voz De Cabo Verde Resposta De Segredo Co Mar Voz De Cabo Verde - Solo Do Morgadinho E Luiz Morais (EP) Casa Silva 113 108 E Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
113 111 Y B. Leza - Partida album art Voz De Cabo Verde Dulcinha (as B. Lesa) and 1 more… Voz De Cabo Verde - Partida (Album) Casa Silva 113 111 Y Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
6810 188 B. Leza - Romançe Do Nosso Amor album art L. Morais E O Seu Conjunto* Romançe Do Nosso Amor L. Morais E O Seu Conjunto* - Romançe Do Nosso Amor(LP, Album) Morabeza Records 6810 188 Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
113 110 Y B. Leza - Morna Ca So Dor album art Humbertona* Mulata and 2 more… Humbertona* - Morna Ca So Dor(LP, Album) Morabeza Records 113 110 Y Cape Verde 1967 Sell This Version
113 058 Y B. Leza - Djosinha Com A Voz De Cabo-Verde album art Djosinha Com A Voz De Cabo-Verde* Luisa (as B. Lesa) Djosinha Com A Voz De Cabo-Verde* - Djosinha Com A Voz De Cabo-Verde(LP, Album) Casa Silva 113 058 Y Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
113 107 Y B. Leza - Lágrimas E Dor album art Humbertona* Noti Di Mindêlo and 1 more… Humbertona* - Lágrimas E Dor(LP, Album) Morabeza Records 113 107 Y Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
113.476 Y B. Leza - Hora Di Bai album art Tazinho* Hora Di Bai Tazinho* - Hora Di Bai(LP, Album) Morabeza Records 113.476 Y Netherlands 1968 Sell This Version
FF EP 0027 B. Leza - Sayko album art Bana Tchan De Pedra Bana - Sayko(7", EP) FF FF EP 0027 Portugal 1968 Sell This Version
V.C.V. 1010 B. Leza - Rotcha-Nú album art Bana Brazil Bana - Rotcha-Nú(LP, Album) A Voz De Cabo-Verde V.C.V. 1010 Cape Verde 1969 Sell This Version
EP-60-1113 B. Leza - Cabo Verde album art Fernando Quejas Oriondina Fernando Quejas - Cabo Verde(7", EP) Alvorada EP-60-1113 Portugal 1969 Sell This Version
RRST LP 2.002, RR 2002 B. Leza - Bana Canta A Magia De Cabo Verde - Mornas E Coladeras album art Bana Judith and 2 more… Bana - Bana Canta A Magia De Cabo Verde - Mornas E Coladeras(LP, Album) RR (11), RR (11) RRST LP 2.002, RR 2002 Portugal 1970 Sell This Version
EP-60-1236 B. Leza - Mornas E Coladeras album art Fernando Quejas Perseguida Fernando Quejas - Mornas E Coladeras(7", EP) Alvorada EP-60-1236 Portugal 1970 Sell This Version
PEP 1336 B. Leza - Judith - Mornas E Coladeras album art Jack Monteiro* Judith Jack Monteiro* - Judith - Mornas E Coladeras(7", EP) Decca PEP 1336 Portugal 1970 Sell This Version
PEP 1377 B. Leza - Mornas E Coladeiras 1 album art Nanda (13) Lua Nha Testemunha Nanda (13) - Mornas E Coladeiras 1 (EP) Decca PEP 1377 Portugal 1971 Sell This Version
PEP 1378 B. Leza - Mornas e Coladeiras 2 album art Nanda (13) Partida Nanda (13) - Mornas e Coladeiras 2(7", EP) Decca PEP 1378 Portugal 1971 Sell This Version
2 C 006-15.124 M B. Leza - Fada / Sabe Bô E Sabe album art Bana Et Son Orchestre* Sabe Bô É Sabe (Coladera) and 1 more… Bana Et Son Orchestre* - Fada / Sabe Bô E Sabe(7", Single) Pathé 2 C 006-15.124 M France 1971 Sell This Version