Cape Verde’s lengthiest religious/profane festival, the Banderona, kicks off this Saturday, January 19, in Campanas de Baixo, in the municipality of São Filipe (Fogo island). The festivities last until February 11.
The first fireworks have gone off to mark the beginning of the festivities, and the rhythmic pounding of the mortar and pestle can already be heard in São Filipe. The public mortar and pestle ritual constitutes a veritable spectacle of ancestral song, dance and rites in celebration of Saint Phillip.
Today, Good Friday, is for Christians the beginning of Easter celebrations, which commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Others see the holiday as an opportunity for family get-togethers.
Mornas singing the praises of Cape Verde and recall renowned musicians and composers – this is the best description of Friday night at the 8th edition of the Diante beach morna festival on the island of Boa Vista, in which various artists took to the stage to honor this musical genre said to have
O Midjor di Funaná (The Best of Funaná) is a compilation that is all the rage this summer in Portugal’s night clubs. All over the country, songs such as “Nha Madrinha,” by Jorge Neto, or “Tra Rabo” can be heard booming from cars and
Saint John the Baptist day is commemorated on June 24, but, in Porto Novo, on the island of Santo Antão, festivities start at the beginning of the month. Many are those who schedule their vacations for the month of June so as to spend Saint John’s day in the municipality.
The appearance of sugar cane in Cape Verde was indisputably linked to the slave trade. Based on this fact, we may conclude that the introduction of the plant into the Cape Verdean flora dates back to the earliest years of the archipelago’s colonization, but only in the late 17th and early 18th