July 5th, Cape Verde

Like we said everyone wanted to get independent in June and July. It’s also Cape Verde’s independence today.

We know young Cape Verdeans want to protest tonight since there’s not much to celebrate. Doesn’t mean they don’t like music. Here’s some Cape Verdean pop to bide them and us over.

The pop of Cordas dos Sol:


Beto Dias:


Mo Kalamity:

Oh, and since Cape Verde is probably the only African nation where more of its citizens live outside the home country, especially on the US East Coast, we had to include the diaspora. Like the very political Paris-based rap group MC Malcriado (they’re a group of MC’s with Cape Verdean roots). Their 2009 song “Viva Amilcar Cabral” celebrate the leader of the independence movement:

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country.

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