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Nelly Furtado's 'Folklore'

Folklore, Nelly Furtado's latest CD
Folklore, Nelly Furtado's latest CD

Like Whoa, Nelly!, her 2002 debut hit album, Nelly Furtado's new CD features diverse influences that reflect the young Canadian-born singer-songwriter's Portuguese heritage. NPR's Renee Montagne talks to Furtado about Folklore, which dives deeper into the texture and stories of her parents' homeland, the Azore Islands.

"If you look down upon the ocean it's just wide and vast..." Furtado says, describing, "Island of Wonder," one of the songs on the new album. She says it's her "magical interpretation of how I used to feel when I'd go to those islands and I'd feel this sort of really mystic aura."

The album features what Furtado calls "fado-like tunes." But she insists she doesn't have the mature voice needed for the Portuguese folk style, which she describes as "creating poetry in the beauty and memories of sad moments."

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