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Posts tagged "Cape Verde"

NEW MUSIC: Stromae - “Ave Maria”.

Never one to waste a second of video on anything less than amazing, Stromae’s fifth single of his album Racine Carée is a nostalgic decleration of love and a celebration of the late Cape Verdean singing legend Cesaria Evora.

Nothing wakes me up quite like this DJ ADEMAR “Afro-House Mix”.

An infectious blend of Angolan kudoro, Central African soukous and Afro-house music from Lusophone Africa.

Cape Verdean filmmaker nominated for Academy Award

Already the winner of over ten film festival awards, this multi-award winning animated short film by Cape Verdean-born filmmaker Daniel Sousa has been nominated for in the ‘Best Animated Short Film’ category at this year’s Oscars. 

'Feral' tells the story of a young boy found in the woods as he tries to adapt when he is brought back to ‘civilization’.

The film can be rented and watched in its entirety on Vimeo on Demand.

Happy Independence Day Cape Verde!

The former Portuguese colony consisting of islands that served as a base for European slave traders during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, because of its strategic location off the coast of West Africa, officially gained independence from Portugal and became a republic on July 5th, 1975.

Instrumental in the island nation’s fight for independence, Guinea-Bissauan and Cape Verdean political leader and revolutionary Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral was assassinated eight months before the country’s declaration of independence on 20 January 1973. Highly political since his days as a student in Lisbon, Cabral founded the Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde), PAIGC, and was one of the co-founders of the Movimento Popular Libertação de Angola (MPLA) - all three nations, Angola, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau being Portuguese colonies in Africa. 

From the founded of the PAIGC in 1963 until his death, Cabral led the party’s guerrilla movement against Portuguese forces, and was seen as one of the most successful independence wars in African history. With his education background as an agricultural engineer, Cultural led several innovative development initiatives that taught local crop growers better farming techniques, encouraged his soldiers to assist local farmers when not fighting, set up high standard travelling clinics with supplies sent from the USSR and Sweden, and established a trade-and-barter bazaar system that went around the country making staple goods available to rural communities at prices lower than that of colonial store owners.

“Educate ourselves; educate other people, the population in general, to fight fear and ignorance, to eliminate little by little the subjection to nature and natural forces which our economy has not yet mastered.”

- Amilcar Cabral

Aristides Maria Pereira, a leading member of the PAIGC, became the first president of Cape Verde serving from 1975 to 1991.

Cape Verdean jazz-soul singer Carmen Souza will be performing live at Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena, Los Angeles, today, June 20, 2013.

The cost? There is none - the show is absolutely free.

More places to see Carmen Souza live.

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Music from Cape Verdean singer ‘Lura’.

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Cesaria Evora,
Cesaria Evora Best Of

MORNING SONG: Cesaria Evora - Petit Pays









This is definitely on my ‘soon-to-travel-to’ list. My fellow ECOWAS citizens, as far as I know, you don’t need a visa to visit Cape Verde!


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Grace Évora

Listening to some Grace Évora, thought I’d share. This track is called ‘Perde Tempo’.


Elijah Hamilton Fernando Barbosa “Mito” Elias (Myth Elias)


Country: Kabo Verde (Cape Verde)

Style: Mare Calamus, Abstract, Surrealism

Medium: Ink

Fun Fact: Known as the griot of memory, he has developed a very unique artistic language, which consists of the research of Creole orality and fables, a symbiotic style between watery, writing and media, which he has dubbed ‘Mare Calamus


paintings seek to discuss love and its infinite branching, given that everything we do in life we do as a question of love, 


1. Le Bourgeois Experimental

2. Um Tchabta Ki ta Sirbiu( A certaingroove that feels you)

3. Sirbi pa spantatdjo (being a scarecrow)

4. Tchiga + Petro

5. Puppets on a G String


@Mitoelias on twitter


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Boy Gé Mendes & Manu Lima,
Le Meilleur de L'Afro - Zouk


Boy Gé Mendes and Manu Lima - Nila

Boy Gé Mendes was born in Dakar, Senegal, and was raised in the city’s Cape Verdean diaspora community. His music is greatly influenced by his Cape Verdean heritage as well as the music styles of his adopted home of Senegal, Guinea and Mali, and popular music styles in Cuba, Brasil and the United States.

Mendes now resides in France.

Similarly, Manu Lima is a Cape Verdean musician and producer born and raised in Dakar, Senegal.

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Grace Evora

Grace Evora - Pegam Levam

Zouk pop music from Cabo Verde.

Portraits of the late Cesaria Evora, Cape Verde’s most celebrated musician.

MORNING SONG: Gama - Esplicason

music from Cape Verde.

A map showing the countries that have made it to the quarterfinals (yellow) of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

They are:

  • Mali
  • South Africa
  • Cape Verde
  • Cote D’Ivoire/Ivory Coast
  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Togo

South Africa is the only country outside of West Africa to make it to this stage.