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Cesaria Evora, Bau and Tito Paris

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 19 September 2009

Lucy Duran visits Cape Verde, the windswept and dramatic archipelago off the west coast of Africa, and travels to one of the most beautiful islands, San Antao. She hears songs for making grogue, Cape Verde's national drink, which is said to make bulls weep as they operate an ancient sugar press. The programme ends in the unofficial musical capital, Mindelo, on the island of Sao Vicente, where Cesaria Evora was born and where many other Cape Verdean greats began their careers. Including sessions by two such musicians - virtuosic guitarist Bau and singer-songwriter Tito Paris.

Presented by Lucy Duran
Produced by James Parkin

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Music and featured items

21 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • The distillery on San Antao

    Lucy visits a distillery on San Antao where they play music to the bulls that work there.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Homero Fonseca’s band
      00:00

      Homero Fonseca’s band Untitled instrumental piece

      Composer: trad

      BBC Recording made in Paul on the island of San Antao, Cape Verde on 9th April 2009

    • Image for Homero Fonseca’s band
      00:04

      Homero Fonseca’s band Paul

      Composer: trad

      BBC Recording made in Paul on the island of San Antao, Cape Verde on 9th April 2009

  • San Antao compared to Wales

    Lucy meets Ron Hughes who compares San Antao with Wales.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Homero Fonseca’s band
      00:08

      Homero Fonseca’s band Untitled instrumental piece

      Composer: trad

      BBC Recording made in Paul on the island of San Antao, Cape Verde on 9th April 2009

    • Image for Homero Fonseca’s band
      00:10

      Homero Fonseca’s band San Antao

      Composer: trad

      BBC Recording made in Paul on the island of San Antao, Cape Verde on 9th April 2009

  • Cesaria Evora

    Lucy discusses the life and work of Cesaria Evora.

  • Music Played

  • Bau

    Guitar player Bau talks about his musuc and how he has been influenced by Brazil.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Bau
      00:22

      Bau Solo Fidjinho

      Composer: Fidjinho D'Chiquinha

      BBC Recording made in the Mindelo Hotel, Mindelo on the island of Sao Vincente, Cape Verde on 12th April 2009

    • Image for Gabriela Mendes
      00:26

      Gabriela Mendes Sabu

      Composer: Tcheka

      Tradicao, Nocturne ED13222

  • Gabriela Mendes and musical fusion

    Singer Gabriela Mendes talks about the fusion with other musical cultures.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Gabriela Mendes and her band (including Bau)
      00:30

      Gabriela Mendes and her band (including Bau) Curral ca tem capode

      Composer: trad

      BBC Recording made in the Mindelo Hotel, Mindelo on the island of Sao Vincente, Cape Verde on 12th April 2009

  • English influence on Cape Verde and Tito Paris

    Edmund describes how England has influenced Cape Verde. We hear Tito Paris

  • Music Played

    • Image for Tito Paris
      00:37

      Tito Paris Marzu

      BBC Recording made in the Porto Grande hotel, Mindelo on the island of Sao Vincente, Cape Verde on 11th April 2009

  • Tito Paris

    Singer Tito Paris discusses how it feels to return to Cape Verde to perform.

  • Music and Cape Verde

    Tito Paris talks about the role music plays in keeping the Cape Verdean identity.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Tito Paris
      00:50

      Tito Paris Tal Vez

      BBC Recording made in the Porto Grande hotel, Mindelo on the island of Sao Vincente, Cape Verde on 11th April 2009

  • Bius

    Lucy goes into a bar in Mindelo to hear famous singer Bius.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Biús
      00:54

      Biús Festa dâtehuva

      BBC Recording made in the Mindelo Hotel, Mindelo on the island of Sao Vincente, Cape Verde on 11th April 2009

  • Bulls operating an ancient sugar press in Cape Verde

    Bulls operating an ancient sugar press in Cape Verde

  • Tito Paris

    Tito Paris

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