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Monday, April 1st, 2013

Can African Heads of State Speak?

These days, well-behaved African heads of state are rewarded by Barack Obama with the chance to meet with him in groups of four and have their picture taken with him. It’s like meeting Beyonce, but you get to call it a state visit. That’s what happened on Friday when Malawi’s Joyce Banda, Senegal’s Macky Sall,

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Watching the African Nations Cup with Ghana fans on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn

While the Ghanaian migrant community in New York City is centered in the Bronx, there is a smaller, yet equally as Afcon-enthusiastic population of Ghanaians in the Flatbush/Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Meytex Cafe on Flatbush Avenue...

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

North African teams came up short at the African Cup of Nations

Writing in The Guardian, football journalist Jonathan Wilson noted that “… for the first time since 1992, there will be no north African presence in the quarter-finals.” He speculated as to whether this pointed to a “a significant...

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The trouble with Angola

Like many Angolans on Sunday I was forced to eat my share of humble pie and admit the superiority of Cape Verde’s national football team, which, through sheer grit and determination, qualified their country to the quarterfinals...

Monday, January 28th, 2013

What We Learned From Day 8 Of The 2013 African Cup of Nations

Where the icy Benguela and toasty Agulhas currents collide, a rich, productive football ecosystem can emerge. This was especially true today where two stadiums, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and the Moses Mabhiba Stadium...

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Songs for the Blue Sharks of Capo Verde (Also Known As African Cup of Nations Playlist N°1)

Today we're launching our series of Africa Nations Cup playlists -- music to get you in the mood for the football, or to drown out the commentator if he's annoying you during the game. First up is...

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

What we learned from day five of Afcon 2013

South Africa’s form has been dismal for a while now. Pre-Afcon, Elliot Ross concluded here that “they’re rubbish.” Johannesburg-based football writer Njabulo Ngidi basically confirmed as much in a preview for us of Bafana Bafana’s chances. After...

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

What We’ve Learned From Day One Of The 2013 African Nations Cup

South Africa’s Bafana Bafana were sloppy and did not take their opponents seriously. It was a woeful display. Cape Verde on the other hand were purposeful and deserved their point. The way coach Lucio Antunes cast a...

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Africa Cup of Nations Preview: Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks ready to make a big splash

By Amílcar Tavares* Almost one fifth of Cape Verde’s population would fit in the stands of The Calabash, the 95,000-capacity stadium where the Blue Sharks will today play their first ever Africa Cup of Nations match. Being recognised...

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Cabo Verde music: Nha morna, nha Terra

I’ve long thought the UN or the OECD ought to measure, as a development indicator, nations’ musical (and cultural) influence per capita. Cape Verde (and Jamaica) would surely top the rankings, while Norway and Germany (Modern Talking,...

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

The Photographs of Mary Beth Meehan

In his 2009 anatomy of the financial crisis, First As Tragedy, Then As Farce, Slavoj Žižek noted that ‘it is a sign of the maturity of the US public that there have been no traces of anti-Semitism in...

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Sodade

Saudade. European Portuguese: , Brazilian Portuguese: , Galician: ; a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone one loves, often carrying a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return;...

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

R.I.P. Cesária Évora

This morning, Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora passed away in Mandelo, São Vicente, the island were she was born. One of the many meanings of “Sodade” — that most difficult to translate Creole word — is a...

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

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...

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Viva Amilcar Cabral

Amilcar Cabral, the key figure in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verdea’s independence (and who had an impact beyond its borders; see Chris Marker’s ‘San Soliel,’ through historian Basil Davidson’s work and in Syracuse), was born in September 1924 and was...

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Music Break

In this short video Portuguese singer Carmen Souza speaks about her third album “Protegid” (which she recorded with Theo Pas’cal), her Cape Verdean roots, the “Rabelados” (Creole for ‘rebels’, or, ‘non-violent rebels of the Cape Verde Island’,...

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

MUSIC BREAK / CAPE VERDEAN SOUNDS

The new video for the (Connecticut-based) Cape Verdean Shokanti‘s new single.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

HILLARY CLINTON’S AFRICAN SPIN

Link to a nice graphic in “The Christian Science Monitor” summarizing the key terms of Hillary Clinton-speak on her recent seven-nation African tour.