Thalassa Series 5
The Musicians of Cape Verde
The export of music has become the lifeline of Cape Verdean people.
On the arid and isolated archipelago of Cape Verde, music is a central part of the life of the islanders, as it reflects the harsh past of the people and the current economic difficulties.
Today, the archipelago offers very little work and few educational opportunities.
The once staple diet and activity of fishing has virtually gone and other food supplies are short.
Men have found it difficult to feed their families and many have abandoned them.
Consequently, the women are left to care for the children and fight for survival through selling the limited amount of available fish.
For the Cape Verdeans, music is not only a great part of their cultural identity; it also acts as a solace for the harshness of everyday life. For some, who have become professional singers, this tradition is now a precious source of income.
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