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Morna, batuque and Eugenio Tavares

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 12 September 2009

Lucy Duran visits Cape Verde, the windswept and dramatic archipelago off the west coast of Africa. She explores the arrival of slaves in the 15th century and the subsequent departure of generations of Cape Verdeans searching for a better life in America and Europe. With rare and specially-made music recordings, including the morna style made famous by Cesaria Evora, which longs for life back on the islands.

Presented by Lucy Duran
Produced by James Parkin

Tel. 020 7765 4661
Fax. 020 7765 5052
e-mail world.routes@bbc.co.uk

Music and featured items

21 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Antero Simas and morna

    Antero Simas introduces a love song about Cape Verde and Lucy talks about morna.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Antero Simas
      00:00

      Antero Simas Doce Guerra

      Composer: Antero Simas

      BBC recording made in Espargos on the island of Sal, Cape Verde on 1st April 2009

    • Image for Cesária Évora
      00:03

      Cesária Évora Paraiso di Atlantico (Atlantic Paradise)

      Composer: Manuel de Novas

      Café Atlantico, BMG 74321654012

  • Cape Verde History

    Lucy explains the hisory of Cape Verde.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Code di Dona
      00:09

      Code di Dona Cidade Velha

      Composer: trad

      BBC recording made in San Francisco on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde on 3rd April 2009.

    • Image for Nos Eranca
      00:13

      Nos Eranca Nos Antepasados

      Arranger: Nos Eranca

      BBC recordings made in Cidade Velha on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde, on 4th April 2009

  • Batuque

    A group of women sing a style called 'batuque' and explain why only women sing this style.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Nos Eranca
      00:17

      Nos Eranca Cidade Velha e di nos

      Arranger: Nos Eranca

      BBC recordings made in Cidade Velha on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde, on 4th April 2009

    • Image for Nos Eranca
      00:23

      Nos Eranca Mama Varela

      Arranger: Nos Eranca

      BBC recordings made in Cidade Velha on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde, on 4th April 2009

  • Emotional nature of morna

    Antero Simas explains the emotional nature of morna.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Humbertona and Piuna
      00:26

      Humbertona and Piuna Grito De Dor

      Composer: Tututa

      Cape Verde Instrumental, Lus Africa 462962

    • Image for Iramos Unidos
      00:28

      Iramos Unidos Hora de Bai

      Composer: Eugenio Tavares

      BBC recordeing made in Nova Cintra on the island of Brava, Cape Verde; on 6th April 2009

  • Brava's sadness

    Lucy’s learns that ‘morna’ expresses the sadness of Brava and why people leave.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Iramos Unidos
      00:36

      Iramos Unidos Sangue de Beirona

      Composer: trad

      BBC recordeding made in Nova Cintra on the island of Brava, Cape Verde; on 6th April 2009

  • Eugenio Tavares

    Lucy talks about morna composer Eugenio Tavares.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Bau & Voginha
      00:39

      Bau & Voginha Morna Mornegro

      Composer: Lius Rendall

      Relembrando Os Mestres, RB Records Inc/Boa Musica Lda, BM0108

    • Image for Vava
      00:41

      Vava Praia d'Guada

      Composer: Trad

      BBC recording made in Nova Cintra on the island of Brava, Cape Verde; on 6th April 2009

  • Vava

    Vava explains how he is influenced by Eugenio Tavares.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Vava
      00:47

      Vava Mae

      BBC Recording made in Nova Cintra on the island of Brava, Cape Verde; on 6th April 2009

  • Cape Verde music and the sea

    Lucy learns how the sea influences the music of Cape Verde and how morna unifies.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Iramos Unidos
      00:51

      Iramos Unidos Mar Eternao

      BBC recording made in Nova Cintra on the island of Brava, Cape Verde; on 6th April 2009

  • Antero Simas

    Antero Simas

    Composer Antero Simas in session for World Routes on Sal island

  • Cidade Velha

    Cidade Velha

    The beach at Cidade Velha

  • Irmaos Unidos

    Irmaos Unidos

    Irmaos Unidos (The United Brothers) in session at Vivi’s Place on Brava

  • The sugar press

    The sugar press

    The sugar press in operation with Lucy Duran and sound engineer James Birtwistle ducking as the giant arms of the press go by, pulled by the bulls

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