Cape Verde, Mindelo Guide (B): Mindelo: Music Town of Cape Verde
We made it to Cape Verde's most important marina: Mindelo! Since we were unable to hitchhike a boat from Ilha do Sal to São Vicente island, we decided to continue our trip the easy (and more expensive) way: by plane. After the barren wasteland of Sal and its cultural desert, I am really looking forward to get a closer look to the trueCapeverdean culture. In Ilha do Sal, I'd get an approximate idea, but in the tourist stonghold Santa María it was simply impossible to imbibe the Capeverdean spirit. Fortunately Mindelo is also known as the cultural capital of the archipelago, so I can't wait to celebrate Capeverdean style!
Due to its most important citizen, Cesária Évora, Mindelo reached worldwide fame for being the craddle of Morna, the traditional Capeverdean music genre. Many singers from São Vicente popularized Morna all over the world. But none of them reached the status of the legendary "Barefoot Diva", the queen of Morna. Many singers following her footsteps are from Mindelo and made it a hub for Capeverdean culture. The city is full of music bars, art galleries and creative ateliers (CapVertDesign+Artesanato, Arte d'Cretcheu, Tchalé Figueira Gallery). Lampposts are placked with posters announcing cultural activities. Almost every weekend, you can attend a concert of a major Capeverdean singer coming back to his home place to sing for his people. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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