Sunset at Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa

Danny Rampling DJ set at Cafe del Mar Performed on Tortuga Beach during the resort’s opening party.

Sophie Ellis-Bexter Murder on the Dance Floor

Sophie Ellis-Bexter Murder on the Dance Floor Dances On the Beach to her hit song “Murder on the Dance Floor”

Diversity At Melia Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa

Perfoming, resting and enjoying the sun at the opening of the new 5 star resort!

MFBTV: Motafied Beatz presents Love “Strela” Ferias 2011

The documentary about their Love Ferias experience with in Cabo Verde, starring Motafied Beatz & MC Me, Elmer Lopes, K Ramirez & Ruby Rhythm, WIlliam.


Cape Verde Music Festivals

Festivals in São Vicente

São Vicente celebrates two lavish festivals every year, during the August full moon, a beach and music festival attracting musicians and visitors from all over the archipelago and in mid-February, the exotic carnival with Brazilian influences.

The most popular feast in São Vicente is the São Vicente Creole Carnival. Held every February 16th, it us inspired by Brazilian carnivals with the influence of Portuguese history. The largest of the celebrations can be found in the town of having street parades that are very popular amongst the Cape Verdeans and tourists.

During the August full moon is the São Vicente Baia das Gatas Festival; this usually takes place on a long weekend — a real party.

Boa Vista Festivals

Among a few festivals celebrated in Boa Vista is the common music festival that takes place in Santa Cruz in August and The day of Santa Isabel, the island’s patron saint, which happens in July 4th. It is celebrated with a public ball, processions, swimming and horse racing.

Sal Festivals

A few festivals celebrated on Sal includes the Nossa Sra. De Piedade (Our Lady of Pity) on August 15th with a Holy Mass, processions, swimming contests and music festival on beach with local musicians.

Another music festival is the Santa Maria Festival (Municipality Day) during September 15th.

Festivals in Santiago

There are also a few festivals that take place on Santiago. One is the Gamboa Festival in May, held in the bay of San Fransisco. Having many different musicians from other countries it is perhaps the biggest music festival in Cape Verde.

Another takes place in Assomada, a celebration of the liberation of slaves called the Tabanka in June or July.


Music of Cape Verde


Cape Verde is an island archipelago that was uninhabited until the Portuguese arrived in 1462. The sailors brought with them African slaves, and the islands’ population became mixed with elements of both races. Climate conditions made the islands unhospitable, and the Portuguese governments mostly ignored the inhabitants and the frequent droughts and famines that wracked the islands periodically. As a result, there are now more Cape Verdeans abroad than at home, and sizable communities exist inNew EnglandPortugalWalesSenegalItalyFrance and the Netherlands.


Folk music


Morna is by the most popular genre of Cape Verdean music, and it has produced an international superstar in Cesária ÉvoraMorna is a national song-style, like Argentinian tango, beloved by Cape Verdeans across the many islands of the country. It is related to Portuguese fado and its close cousin, Brazilian modinha. Lyrics are usually in Creole, and reflect highly-variable themes, including loveand lustpatriotism and mourning.

Morna is believed to have originated on Boa Vista as a cheerful song-type. Eugénio Tavares was an influential songwriter of the period, and his songs are still extensively performed. Morna also spread to São Vicente, and composers like B. Leza and Manuel de Novas became popular. Solo vocalists are accompanied by a guitarviolinbass guitar) and a piano. The cavaquinho (similar to a ukulele), a Portuguese instrument, is also common.

Aside from Évora, popular morna musicians include Ildo LoboTitinaCelina PereiraBanaDjosinhaB. LezaTravadinhaSãozinha and Maria Alice.


Funaná is an accordion-based genre from Santiago. Prior to independence, funaná was denigrated by colonial authorities, who considered it African. Since independence, however, bands likeBulimundo adapted the music for pop audiences and Finaçon, who combined funaná and coladeira into a fusion called funacola.

In the 1930s, Morna evolved in a swifter form of music called coladeira. It is a more light-hearted and humorous genre, with sensual rhythms. Performers include Codé di donaManuel de NovasFrank CavaquimDjosa Marques and Os Tubarões.


Batuque is also popular in Cape Verde. Originally a woman’s folk music, batuque is an improvised music with strong satirical or critical lyrics. In the 80’s, Orlando Pantera has created the “new batuco” (neo-batuku), but he died in 2001 before to achieve his creative work. Performers and songwriters are Pantera, Vadú, TchekaMayra Andrade, Lura, Zeca di nha Reinalda.


Coladeira is a form of dance and music from Cape Verde.


Popular music


Zouk is a style of rhythmic music originating from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Zouk means ‘party’ in the local creole of French with English and African influences, all three of which contribute the sound. In Europe, it is particularly popular in France, while on the African islands of Cape Verde they have developed their own type of Zouk.

As it was said before, from the 80’s there is a strong influence from the zouk in Cape Verdian music. There has been fusion of the zouk with the coladeira, to what several names have been given ascola-dancecola-zoukcabo-swingcabo-love, etc. Cabo-zouk (from the islands’ Kriolu name Cabo Verde), cola-zouk (from coladeira), or cabo-love (from zouk-love, the slowed down and sexed up zouk variant).

Cape Verdian zouk musicians include, singer and Kora Award winner Suzanna LubranoFrank de PinaMendes Brothers (and their influential record labelMB Records), SaozinhaCreole Sextet andRui Pina.
There are many Cape Verdeans living abroad, especially in the United States, where they are concentrated in CaliforniaHawaii and throughout New England, especially Rhode Island and Boston. Many came on whaling ships in the 19th century. Their music included string bands like The B-29sNotiasAugusto Abrio and the Cape Verdean Serenaders. There were also Cape Verdean big bands, including the Creole Vagabonds and the Don Verdi Orchestra.

Cabo Verde World Music Festival

Cesaria Evora | Music from Cape Verde

Cesária Évora — Cize to her friends — was born on the 27th August 1941 in Mindelo, Cape Verde. Her bright voice and physical charms were soon noticed, but her hope of a singing career remained unsatisfied. A Cape Verdean women’s group and the singer Bana both took her to Lisbon to cut a few tracks, but the recordings failed to catch the ear of a producer. In 1988, a young Frenchman of Cape Verdean extraction invited her to Paris to make a record. At 47, she had nothing to lose. Having never seen Paris, she agreed.


Kriol Jazz Festival 2011 – Maraca live (bass solo by Feliciano Arango in “Presentacion”)

Maraca & his latin Jazz All Stars @ the Kriol Jazz Festival 2011, Cape Verde ; featuring Maraca (flute, bandleader), Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez (drums), David Sanchez (tenor sax), Mario Canonge (piano), Gregory Privat (keyb.), Julio Padron (trumpet), Feliciano Arango (bass), Adel Gonzalez (perc.)