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Lusophone AfricaBeyond Independence$
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Fernando Arenas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669837

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669837.001.0001

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Cesária Évora and the Globalization of Cape Verdean Music

Cesária Évora and the Globalization of Cape Verdean Music

(p.45) Chapter 2 Cesária Évora and the Globalization of Cape Verdean Music
Lusophone Africa

Fernando Arenas

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter deals with the hermeneutic understanding of Cape Verdean postcolonial reality through popular music. It provides an analysis of the relationship between globalization, the world music scene, and Cape Verdean contemporary music, highlighting prominent world music icon Cesária Évora. The commodification of Évora’s music is said to be largely associated with the overall globalization of Cape Verdean music. The chapter also explores some of the important facets of Cape Verdean music—the musical style, artists, composers, lyrics, and infrastructure, within the context of local and global forces. Cape Verdean music is derived from a combination of Euro-African musical forms and is notable for being transnational, which makes it worthy of critical study as part of understanding Cape Verde’s national identity and culture as a whole.

Keywords:   Cape Verdean music, Cesária Évora, postcolonial Cape Verde, globalization, Euro-African music

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