Cape Verde: music and dance

27 Feb

Cape Verde, unlike the African continent, has a population with different backgrounds, a different language and culture. Want to know more about it?

The majority of the population is creole (mixed black and white descent). A genetic study revealed that the ancestry of the population in Cape Verde is predominantly European in the male line and West African in the female line; counted together the percentage is 57% African and 43% European (Portuguese origins for the most part).

How does this influence the music and dance you can find on this islands’ archipelago located 570 kilometres (350 miles) off the coast of Western Africa?

Cape Verde music incorporates Portuguese, Caribbean, African, and Brazilian influences.Cape Verde’s quintessential national music is the morna, a melancholy and lyrical song form typically sung in Cape Verdean Creole. The most popular music genre after morna is the coladeira followed by funaná and batuque music.

Dance forms include the soft dance morna, the extreme sensuality of coladeira including the modernized version called Cabo Love (similar to the zouk from Guadeloupe), the Funaná (a sensual mixed Portuguese and African dance), and the Batuque dance.

Want to hear a bit of zouk a and enjoy an energetic Funaná dance?

Check out this awarded zouk artist and a dance routine:


Posted by on February 27, 2013 in dance performances, entertainment, Music, world music, zouk


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4 responses to “Cape Verde: music and dance

  1. Bernard O'Shea

    March 6, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Reblogged this on My Five Romances and commented:
    Hi all, here is some more information about Cape Verde (Cabo Verde in Portuguese, meaning the Green Cape) and its music styles. I have reblogged this from another blog, check it out at There you will find out more on the likes of music from Ghana, the Harlem Shake and Irish Hip-Hop too. Yeah, go the Irish!


  2. indigoseed

    March 4, 2013 at 3:24 am

    very informative blog. i just finished a post on Cape Verdean and the artist Sara Tavares. Thanks.


    • Emeline

      March 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks a lot, glad you liked it :). I thought that many people wouldn’t know much about Cape Verde and decided to write a post on it.



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