Cape Verdean Independence Day Celebration
New England is home to a large population of immigrants from the island nation of Cape Verde. Many of which came the U.S.A during the whaling era and industrial boom. July 5th 1975 marks the day the young nation received its’ independence from Portugal.
Situated off the Coast of West Africa, Cape Verde’s strongest natural resources are its’ people, its’ culture and of course its’ rich music. The 4 major music genres of Cape Verde are:
Morna, made famous by the late great “Barefoot Diva’ Cesaria Evora, is compared to the blues, instrumentation often includes cavaquinho, clarinet, accordion, violin, piano and guitar.
Funaná, an accordion-based genre from Santiago. Prior to independence, funaná was denigrated by colonial authorities, who considered it African. Since independence, however, bands adapted the music for audiences.
Batuque, also popular in Cape Verde was originally a woman's folk music, batuque is an improvised music with strong satirical or critical lyrics.
Coladeira, which evolved from a swifter form of Morna. It is a more light-hearted and humorous genre, with sensual rhythms.
The ‘FESTA INDEPENDENCIA’ on Thursday July 5, 2012 @ ShowcaseLIVE is a Celebration of CAPE VERDE’s INDEPENDENCE and also that of the United States of America, the nation that has embraced thousands of Capeverdeans in the New England area.
Performances will feature local artists and special guest artists from the island nation of Cape Verde.