Lucy Duran visits Cape Verde and presents specially-made recordings of music exploring slavery, emigration and longing for home, including the morna style of Cesaria Evora.
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
Music and featured items
Antero Simas and morna
Antero Simas introduces a love song about Cape Verde and Lucy talks about morna.
Cape Verde History
Lucy explains the hisory of Cape Verde.
A group of women sing a style called 'batuque' and explain why only women sing this style.
Emotional nature of morna
Antero Simas explains the emotional nature of morna.
Lucy’s learns that ‘morna’ expresses the sadness of Brava and why people leave.
Lucy talks about morna composer Eugenio Tavares.
Vava explains how he is influenced by Eugenio Tavares.
Cape Verde music and the sea
Lucy learns how the sea influences the music of Cape Verde and how morna unifies.