Lucy Duran visits the islands of Cape Verde and listens to songs for making grogue, the national drink. She also visits the musical centre of Mindelo on Sao Vicente.
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
The distillery on San Antao
Lucy visits a distillery on San Antao where they play music to the bulls that work there.
San Antao compared to Wales
Lucy meets Ron Hughes who compares San Antao with Wales.
Lucy discusses the life and work of Cesaria Evora.
Guitar player Bau talks about his musuc and how he has been influenced by Brazil.
Gabriela Mendes and musical fusion
Singer Gabriela Mendes talks about the fusion with other musical cultures.
English influence on Cape Verde and Tito Paris
Edmund describes how England has influenced Cape Verde. We hear 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.
Lucy goes into a bar in Mindelo to hear famous singer Bius.