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 assassinated in October 1973. So there is no obvious reason to post this music video. But we’ll do anyway. It is for the 2009 song “Viva Amilcar Cabral” by Paris-based rap group MC Malcriado. (They’re a group of MC’s with Cape Verdean roots.) Cabral was assassinated by Portuguese agents months before Guinea-Bissau declared independence from Portuguese colonial rule. Read the subtitles. It’s good history lesson for the youngsters. They also drop some zouk at the end.

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