Activities

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

History

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

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

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

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

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

 

Popular music

Zouk

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.

Big Fish Adventures ( Cape Verde Wahoo )

500km far from Senegal there is an archipelago where Wahoo fish rules. The challenge of this episode is the capture of a 45lbs Wahoo fish in a week.

DIVING

Diving

 

Cape Verde is incredibly varied, without the crowds, and with an abundance of fish life, shipwrecks, cave systems and  turtles. Experienced divers love the diving here.

 

The island of Sal offers unique, tropical underwater scenery, unlike anything found on the West Africa coast or the Canary Islands, and more comparable to that of the Caribbean. The seas in deep waters are rich with Tuna, Marlin,Sharks, Dolphins.

 

You will meet shoals of bream, triggerfish, rockfish and perch and then there is the unusual underwater reef. Not to mention the occasional Manta Ray that might be hiding amongst the rock formations, caves, canyons and walls. During March and April Humpback, and Grey Whales migrate past the islands Cape Verde offers great diving all year long.

SURFING IN CAPE VERDE

Surfing In Cape Verde

You can surf all the year round in Sal and the water and air temperatures are perfect. The Cape Verde Surfing Academy is located south of Santa Maria about 50 meters from the water. The beach has sunbeds, umbrellas and showers. The nearby beach serves everything from drinks & snacks to complete meals from a selection of ocean front businesses

 

The Bay of Santa Maria is a 5 km long sandy beach with an average water temprature of 24°C. This beach catches SW swells and summer NE swells and is usually small and mellow. The most consistent wave and swell months are from September to April (October – March being the prime months).

 

Ponta Preta is the best wave on the island and can hold swells of up to 8ft or 2.6m a surf delight, Ponta Preta is a 30 minute walk from Santa Maria and is a location made famous in the 90’s by ‘Windsurf Trilogy‘ magazine’s series of articles describing a competition of the best surfers  in the world. Since then some of the best known waveriders, like Josh Angulo and Renaud Simhon have made Sal their home.

 

The best surfing season is from for intermediate to advanced Surfers is September to April. Beginners can learn to surf all year round. The air temperature is an average of 28C° & the water temperature averages 24°C all year round.

Kiting Cap Verden SAL 2010

Kite surfing in Sal , Cabo Verde

Kitesurfing Cape Verde with GoPro HD

Cabo Verde World Music Festival

Scuba diving GoPro HD in Cape Verde

To my subscribers : obviously this video is not about airsoft, but scuba diving, which is one of my other hobby (because yes, unlike popular belief, my whole life does not turn around airsoft only). I’m a CMAS ** diver (plongeur niveau II in french).

Therefore you may not be interested in this video, which is indeed very long and, I have to say, pretty boring. I guess. I like the video, it makes a nice souvenir to me, but I guess it’s a bit slow and long ^^

I’ve been diving in Cape Verde during the first half of september. Cape Verde is an island country, spanning an archipelago of 10 islands located in the central Atlantic Ocean, 570 kilometres off the coast of Western Africa (thank you Wikipedia). On this particular dive, I was in Santa Maria, the major city of Sal, the island in the north east of Cape Verde.

There is 2 points for this video :

– To show a nice wreck dive in a nice dive spot in Cape Verde.

– To show the performances of an “out of the box” HD GoPro camera under water. I’m using nothing but the camera, the waterproof case and the head bang. I have not buy any other accessorie. The camera is placed on my front head, just on the top of my diving mask (you can see me putting off my mask at the end of the video).

As you can see the image is very blue, and a bit blurred. But honestly I’m very surprised, I think the image is really not that bad. The maximum depth of the diving was 38 meters.

I’m using the R4 mode in this video, which provides the largest and widest view. Which explains the black bars on the left and on the right of the video.