Monday, October 17, 2011


The Rabelados today constitute a symbol of Cape Verdean resistance. Residing mainly in the municipality of Tarrafal in the north of Santiago island, where the first groups are considered to have emerged in the 1940s, these communities were given the name Rabelados (rebels, in Crioulo) because of their opposition to the introduction of a new system of teaching Catholicism. The principle of independence is a point of pride common to all the rabelados. They want to be independent, particularly in relation to the State. This is why they prefer to earn less in other bread-winning activities than to have the State as their boss. Most dedicate themselves to agriculture, fishing or handicrafts.

Ilha de Santiago - Santiago lsland

The Cape Verde archipelago, volcanic in origin, is a cluster of 10 islands located in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, at a distance of 310 miles off the coast of Senegal in West Africa. Here, a group of students went on a walk at the Serra Malagueta mountain.

Coastal road: You will have the chance to set off along the coastline. While driving through Tarrafal, Calheta, Santa Cruz and Pedra Badejo, the scenery is a dramatic coastline with dark sandy bays, plantations, palm trees and coves. Here is a view of Pedra Badejo beach.


Great chocolates and great coffees, like grand wines, require the most appropriate soil, the most perfect, healthy and mature fruit, the cleanest and purest methods of processing. These things happen only in São Tomé and Principe. You want proof? Please, click hereWe met the owner who made us taste several chocolates. No doubt, this is the best!

 dom garnered from truly vast experience.

Sketches on the road.

Batuqueiras di Cabo Verdi -1 -

The lead singer.

Batuqueiras di Cabo Verdi - 2 -

The Batuque (Batuku in Capeverdean creole) is a music and dance genre from the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. When compared with the other musical genres from Cape Verde, the Batuque has a call and response structure, and it is the only genre that is polyrhythmic. The first movement is called, in Creole, “Galion”. In this movement one of the performers (called batukaderas) executes a polyrhythmic hit, while the others execute a two-beat hit slapping a cloth. 
The lead singer singed (That leader was just amazing) a verse about each of the Mica students that was immediately repeated (In unison by the remaining singers called kantaderas di kunpanha). 
Normally, these verses, improvised proverbs that talk about a variety of subjects such as praising personalities, social criticism, quotidian scenes, are called “Finason”. 
This call and response structure goes on until the second movement.
The second movement is called “Txabéta”. This movement corresponds to an orchestral climax in which all the players execute the same polyrhythmic beat, and all the singers sing the same verse in unison that works as a refrain.
You know what? This was just AMAZIIIIING!

Saturday, October 15, 2011