Music is essential to the livelihood of the Cabo Verdean people. One saying goes that everybody in the islands is a singer or musician of some kind. Morna, the national folkloric genre, is the pride of Cabo Verde, with Cesária Évora (died 2011) as its most internationally renowned purveyor. Morna shares certain elements with Portuguese fado, Spanish flamenco, and Brazilian choro and is typically always played in a minor key and sung in the Kriolu language. Also popular are the faster-paced styles of coladeira and funaná, the latter being typical of the more Senegambian-influenced (West African) subculture of the Badius…

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