CUMBANCHA (kōōm'bahn'chah')

n. 1. An impromptu gathering or party.

2. An acclaimed record label dedicated to presenting exceptional music from around the world.

[<Sp: Afro-Cuban slang of West African derivation.]

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Born and raised in France, Francesca Blanchard traveled the globe with her family before settling in the small town of Charlotte in beautiful rural Vermont. Her intimate music, sung in French and English, reflects on her travels, both physical and emotional, and reflects influences ranging from Norah Jones and Carla Bruni to Eva Cassidy and Francoise HardyFrancesca's first full-length album, deux visions, was released in 2015. It was produced by Montreal singer-songwriter Chris Velan (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars), mixed by acclaimed producer Jean Massicotte (Lhasa, Patrick Watson, Arthur H, Jorane) and mastered at the prestigious Metropolis Studios in London. The Burlington Free Press called it "the most impressive album by a Vermont musician this year," raving, "The singer-songwriter segues seamlessly between songs in English and French. From the moody opener “Rame” to the drop-dead-gorgeous album-ender “The Sea (Zach’s Song”), deux visions is a stunner that reveals a young, mature musician with a bucket load of potential.”

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