Portuguese singer-songwriter Sara Tavares was catapulted into the spotlight at age 16, when she earned a slot in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. Two years later, her self-titled debut came out, featuring the hit single Chamar a Musica. Inspired by her Cape Verdean heritage, the artist's world blend of gospel, funk and soul music spoke to a new generation of Afro-Europeans seeking to define their hybrid culture. In 1999, Tavares released her sophomore effort, Mi Ma Bô. Loyal fans had to wait seven years before Balancê came out, but the album was worth the wait, featuring a more personal collection of songs composed solely by Tavares, who also contributed percussion. In 2009, she released Xinti ("feel it").