Cape Verde Culture
The vibrant culture of Cape Verde is a colourful mixture of African, Brazilian and Portuguese.
Cape Verdeans are friendly people and proud of their country. Wherever you are in Cape Verde you will be confronted with the fun and energetic culture.
The official language is Portuguese, however Creole is the native language used by Cape Verdeans.
Creole is a mixture of many different languges, primarily the African language and also has elements of various European languages.
English is now being taught in schools and is becoming more important as a means of communication as Cape Verde becomes more popular with tourists.
If you really want to get involved in the Cape Verde culture go and listen to some of the live music perfomances. Cape Verdeans tell their story
Music plays an important part in the lives of Cape Verdeans and provides a great atmosphere wherever you go.
Morna is the most popular music in Cape Verde. It`s a type of folk music bringing together clarinet, violin, guitar and cavaquinho (similar to ukulele). The Morna is sung in Creole to themes of love, lust, patriotism and mourning.The accompanying dance is a ballroom type dance in pairs swinging from side to side.
Funana The lively and uplifting African rhythems of the Funana will have you on your fit and wiggling your hips in no time.Heard all over Cape Verde this accordian based music from Santiago is now the pop of Cape Verde.
The Funana is a couples dance where partners embrace and swift moves reflect the rhythem and tempo of the music.
Batuque is probably the oldest music in Cape Verde and originally womens folk music.
Music is created by a cicle of women beating drum like instrumnents and chanting satirical or critical lyrics. One woman dances in the middle of the circle until the the drum beat and chanting reaches a crescendo, the woman is then replaced by the next dancer and so the Batuque continues.
To see the Batuque performed live in a local square or bar is fantastic experience.