Praia shouted “Ratxa du ba” with Scuru Fitchadu at Atlantic Music Expo – Africa


After two days in Mindelo, where Lusophone music was in the spotlight, this year’s edition of Atlantic Music Expo returned to the city of Praia, its place of origin. A second part of this world music show that featured international artists from countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Reunion Islands, Brazil, Tunisia. And many Cape Verdeans. On Saint Anthony’s day, at the National Assembly, the Tubarões did the honors of the house with a renewed formation.

Arlindo Rodrigues assumed in 2019 the voice of the mythical Cape Verdean band. Born in 1980, he grew up with the sound of Sharks. “It’s a dream that I don’t want to wake up from,” says the singer, a native of Ilha da Brava. He feels traditional music in his blood. In the ‘tocatinas’ and with friends, Ildo Lobo’s voice has always been a reference. Due to the pandemic, only this year the Sharks returned to the stage. New themes are being prepared. A funaná by Totinho, a morna by Arlindo, ‘Es agu ki lebabu’, which talks about emigration and the experience of Cape Verdeans, such as the Tubarões line. and a morna by the composer Betú, ‘Terra di Sol’ that the band played in this concert. In addition to Arlindo, Bruno Lima also took over the group’s drums and joined saxophonist Totinho, bassist Mário Betencourt, guitarist Totó, Jorge Lima on percussion, and Zeca Couto on keys. The night was completed with the performance of the singer from Benin, Serge Ananou.

The 14th, the second of three days of concerts in the city of Praia, began at the Palácio da Cultura Ildo Lobo. The singer from the island of São Nicolau, Rodji gave the first concert of the afternoon with his traditional music, but the first surprise of the event was the Cape Verdean artist Natche. Accompanied by Manuel d’Candinho among other guitarists, and Jorge Pimpa on drums. Natche surprised by the timbre of voice and a classic style that reminded the king of Morna, Bana.

At the end of the afternoon, the path between the stages of Rua Pedonal and Praça Luís de Camões became a constant. The concerts open to the population were interspersed by the two emblematic spaces of the Plateau in the city of Praia. Sandra Horta, Bob Mascarenhas, Ade da Costa, Kanazoe from Burkina Faso, Aurus from Reunion Islands. Pret and Bronk, young musicians from São Vicente, among them Khaly Angel with his games and electronic rhythms. Due to the rain that surprised the city, the last concert of the night was postponed to the next day.

Mário Marta presented his album ‘Ser de Luz’ at the Palácio da Cultura. His album has two guest appearances, Neuza on the theme ‘Pé di Campo’ and the singer Lura with the funaná ‘Aguenta’. Another theme from the album, ‘Olga’, was sung in her ‘showcase’. It was up to Ineida Moniz to end the performances on the stage of the Palace of Culture. Born in the Bay of São Tomé, she is a great voice from the island of Santiago looking for her deserved space in music.

Back on the streets of the historic center of the capital, the last day began with the pop rhythm of Marinu. R&B” coming from Philadelphia with Alex aka DutchKalus. The Brazilian residing in Canada Bruno Capinan brought Bahian rhythms. King Abid, the Tunisian, with his ‘reggae’ made the audience present in Praça Luís de Camões dance.

The Scuru Fitchadu concert added another dynamic to the Atlantic Music Expo, a ‘punk’ that merges with the more frenetic rhythm of funaná. A real trial by fire for Marcus Veiga. It was his first trip to Cape Verde. “I’ve never been so nervous for a concert. And I’ve played it a few times. Praia is the birthplace of funaná. Everything I do boils down to getting to this day”, assumed the singer. “I don’t have to ask for any approval, but it ends up being an unconscious request for approval. The Cape Verdean people are very faithful to their roots, and are very proud of their traditions. And that’s good,” said Marcus Veiga. His music is based on funaná and that’s why he had the faith that Praia would accept him. The trial by fire has been passed. If there was any doubt, it was dispelled with the theme ‘Ratxa du ba’, magic words that reached the heart of the capital. From beginning to end of the song the audience shouted with Scuru Fitxadu ‘ratxa du ba’. Which means something like ‘let’s blow up, rock, have fun’ in Fogo Island Creole, where the singer’s roots lie.

A well-crafted concert was performed by Cape Verdean rapper Traquinuz. The singer wanted to direct his performance to an outside audience. From his repertoire already known to the locals, he mixed traditional themes and rhythms, as happened with the song ‘Sodade’ that Praça Luís de Camões sang along with Traquinuz. There was still time for the performance of the North American June Freedom before the closing of the event with French music of African influence and lands of the Indian Ocean, with the band Grén Semé.


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