Born to Cape Verdean parents, Mynda Guevara is one of the most popular artists to come out of Cova da Moura, Portugal. With a local studio supported by a community center, Mynda Guevara is on the rise. Cova da Moura is a neighborhood just outside of Lisbon, Portugal with a large population of Portuguese-speaking African immigrants, largely from Cape Verde. Within this community, Kriolu is the predominant language. Many of the up-and-coming hip-hop artists from Cova da Moura or Kova as they call it, all share one studio, Kova M Studio.
Twenty-four-year-old Mynda Guevara uses her voice to advocate for women and female empowerment. She is one of the few African hip-hop artists to ever perform at massive summer festivals in Portugal. The song “Na Nossa Langue” which translates to in our language, Mynda raps in Portuguese. This is the only song in her catalog in which she raps in a language other than Kirolu. In the video, she only features women to further emphasize her passion for advocating for women. Another thing to note in the video is the pictures of other female hip-hop artists attached to the gate. Popular hip-hop figures like Lauryn hill, Young MA, Queen Latifah, and Cardi B are showcased. In the chorus of the song, Myrna says that she wants to be the one to write her own story without the “help” of men. She also addresses how society as a whole has tried to shut her down and made her doubt herself, but she just focused on her “language” or rhymes. The overall message that she is trying to send with this song is that one has to make their own paths or write their own story, especially if they are a woman in the hip-hop industry. Myrna portrays a “braggadocio” persona in her flow where she has this laidback confidence in her skills and her personality.
Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWCZz1qJZ6o