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Cesaria Evora, Bau and Tito Paris

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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Sat 25 Jun 2011 15:00

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  • The distillery on San Antao

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

    Duration: 08:44

  • Music Played

    • 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.
    • 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.

    Duration: 05:18

  • Music Played

    • 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.
    • 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.

    Duration: 07:15

  • Music Played

  • Bau

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

    Duration: 06:46

  • Music Played

    • 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.
    • Gabriela Mendes

      Sabu

      Composer: Tcheka

      • Tradicao.
      • Nocturne ED13222.
  • Gabriela Mendes and musical fusion

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

    Duration: 06:16

  • Music Played

    • 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

    Duration: 07:25

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 05:50

  • Music and Cape Verde

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

    Duration: 05:31

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 05:13

  • Music Played

    • Biús

      Festa dâtehuva

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

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