Songs for the Blue Sharks of Capo Verde

The first in our Africa Nations Cup 2013 playlists; to drown out the commentator if they are annoying you during the game.

Sao Maria, Cape Verde (Nicola Locatelli, via Flickr CC)

First, it’s Cabo Verde, who have played brilliantly so far and have a huge game today vs. Angola.  Gilyto, aka Mr. Entertainer, and his song dedicated to Os Tubarões Azuis set the scene. It is an official song and captures people’s enthusiasm and affection for the national team. I don’t like it much, but people do, and it’s catchy (it speeds up Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”), and the video’s nicely done. The kids will love it. Plus, with those snippets of local radio commentary, it has the crucial ingredient in any cheesy football tournament song.

The game against Angola today is “the Lusophone derby” of Afcon 2013. It is likely to be a winner-takes-all match. What better day to listen to the great Cesária Évora’s song “Angola,” all about the friendship between Cape Verdeans and Angolans?

Next up here’s Bida di Gossi with “Os tubarões” and Bulimundo’s “Konpasu Pilon;” both are about how everyday life’s difficulties affect people’s lives.

Beach football. Table football. Dancing. Finaçon’s “Si Manera” has it all. This song talks about personal freedom and the struggle of the Cape Verdean people.

We can’t have a playlist for Cape Verde without featuring Mayra Andrade. Here she is: first up “Kaka Barboza”/ “Dimokransa,” and then “Quim di Santiago”/ “Kenha ki ben ki ta bai.”

Finally, two more from Cesária Évora (we couldn’t resist). “Petit Pays” is about our diaspora’s love of and nostalgia for their little homeland. And lastly, “Sodade“. In the 1940s, we had a famine, and many people were contracted to work in  São Tomé and Príncipe (never fulfilled contracts; these people effectively did slave labor). This song is about the nostalgia of those people.

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