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Morna, batuque and Eugenio Tavares

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
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1 hour

Music and featured items

  • Antero Simas and morna

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

    Duration: 07:49

  • Music Played

    • Antero Simas

      Doce Guerra

      Composer: Antero Simas

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

    Duration: 09:49

  • Music Played

    • Kodé Di Dona

      Cidade Velha

      Composer: trad

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

    Duration: 09:15

  • Music Played

    • 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.
    • 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.

    Duration: 07:08

  • Music Played

    • Humbertona & Piuna

      Grito De Dor

      Composer: Tututa

      • Cape Verde Instrumental.
      • Lus Africa 462962.
    • 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.

    Duration: 05:18

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 05:51

  • Music Played

    • Bau & Voginha

      Morna Mornegro

      Composer: Lius Rendall

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

    Duration: 03:31

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 08:12

  • Music Played

    • Iramos Unidos

      Mar Eternao

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

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