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Cape Verde Culture

Language
Although Portuguese is the official language and the language that is used in schools, most Cape Verdeans speak Cape Verdean Creole, which is a blend of Portuguese and African Languages. At present, Crioulo is being formalised as a written language, with the aim of it becoming an official language of Cape Verde along with Portuguese. Though there are some disagreements, since there is considerable variation between the Islands - especially between the Creole of Mindelo (the cultural Capital) and Santiago (the administrative Capital).

Music and Dance
Traditional Music in Cape Verde, like it's people, is a fusion of European, African and Latin influences. The most famous styles are the Morna and the Funana. Grammy Award-winning singer, Cesaria Evora, nicknamed "the Barefoot Diva", is without doubt the most famous exponent of the Mourna and, indeed, Cape Verde's most famous musician.
Typical Instruments used in Cape Verde music include the Violin, the Ukulele-like Cavaquinho and the Accordion. The Iron Bar and Sea Shells are often used as percussion.
The Batuko is an African-influenced dance from Santiago, which is said to date back to the slave times. Women take turns at dancing progressively faster, while the others beat the rhythm on rolled up cloth.

Religion
95% of Cape Verdeans are Roman Catholic, although as with elsewhere church attendance has fallen in recent years. The evangelical Church of the Nazarene also has a following, though it is dwarfed by Catholicism in terms of numbers.

Cape Verde Culture