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  • American Caboverdeano: The Life and Times of a Cape Verdean Activist

    On July 5, 1975 the New York Times ran a small article on the front page announcing the Independence of the Republic of Cape Verde. Upon reading that article, I began my journey as a Cape Verdean American. I began to recognize my heritage in a major way and, with great pride, I adopted the attitude of a Cape Verdean American. Although I knew I was of Cape Verdean heritage, I had always identified publicly as a black American of black Portuguese heritage because Cape Verdeans were virtually unknown. Now I had a nation of my heritage that was part of the larger international community, and it was a great feeling. I had come home! In 1980, I made my first visit to Cape Verde. I left the United States as a “Cape Verdean American,” but I returned as an “American Caboverdeano.” I was changed. The trip caused me to realize for the first time how much I had inherited the personality and culture of Cape Verde during the course of my lifetime. Years later, in 2009, I was awarded the honor of a school named for me in New Jersey: the “Edward Andrade School of Social Change.” I mentioned to a friend how humbled I was with the honor, and she said, “You have a legacy!” It was an unexpected comment. As I thought about it, I happened to see an old photo of me at age five. Looking at that photo, I wondered how I could have achieved any sort of legacy from where I started; therefore, it made me think of my past. Reviewing my life’s seventy-five years of experiences, I realized that as the child of first generation Cape Verdean Americans, raised by my immigrant grandparents, I had a beginning with no expectations, with no plans for a future, with few career options, and with limited opportunities. Yet, I became involved in extraordinary adventures; I benefited greatly from significant relationships; I reached an acceptable level of education; I achieved substantial public recognition; overall, I learned to make my way in a society that prizes individual effort; and, taking everything into consideration, I have led a unique life of noteworthy accomplishments. I realized that my legacy, if I have one, is not a school named for me but instead it is my life story – above all, my life as an activist. My story begins in a segregated, working class, ethnic (Cape Verdean) Massachusetts community and, thus far, brings me to a diverse, middle class, “Posh” coastal Florida town. But, it’s not a tale of class differences or financial standings; it’s about the unexpected, the unpredicted, and the “Who would have guessed?” Many life-stories tell about going from a “Log Cabin” to the greatest heights in politics or in business, but my story fits in between those extremes; it’s about a common man of Cape Verdean heritage – a Caboverdeano, and, optimistically, it is unique.

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  • Lisboa: Mário Lúcio diz que Bana é o eterno eco das nossas ilhas 03 Abril 2012

    Lisboa: Mário Lúcio diz que Bana é o eterno eco das nossas ilhas 03 Abril 2012

    “Bana é o ministro maior do que todos os ministros porque é eterno em cada um de nós e no eco das nossas ilhas”, afirmou o ministro da Cultura de Cabo Verde, Mário Lúcio numa mensagem lida pela Embaixadora de Cabo Verde na entrega do “Prémio Carreira Cabo Verde Música Awards”, num espectáculo celebrativo do seu octogésimo aniversário e de uma vida a cantar, no Coliseu dos Recreios, em Lisboa.

    Lisboa: Mário Lúcio diz que Bana é o eterno eco das nossas ilhas

    Tito Paris abriu o concerto e Bana encerrou-o com um espectacular dueto com o fadista português Carlos do Carmo, em “Beijo de Saudade”, de B.Leza, em português e crioulo.

    Foi considerado o “embaixador da morna em Portugal e da diáspora” e recebeu por isso, o prémio “Voz da Lusofonia” em nome de 35 cidades de língua portuguesa (UCCLA), espalhadas pelos quatro continentes do mundo.

    Bana, emocionado, disse não ter palavras para agradecer e recordou que Mário Lúcio, quando foi nomeado ministro lhe fora dizer pessoalmente, em sua casa: ”Bana já consegui!”, pois tal facto tinha sido uma premonição e um desejo que havia, antes, em Cabo Verde, formulado ao também artista e agora ministro da Cultura.

    O próprio ministro recordou, na mensagem lida pela embaixadora Madalena Neves, que “Cabo Verde tem vários memoráveis desde Eugénio Tavares a Amílcar Cabral (...) No dia em que me ofereceste uma camisa branca, eu fui a tua casa...disseste que a prenda que te daria, aos 80 anos, era eu ser ministro... És o maior de todos os ministros (...)”

    O “rei das mornas” como também é conhecido, recebeu ainda uma placa comemorativa, com o nome de todos os artistas que participaram neste evento, entregue por Luís Fortes, um dos impulsionadores desta homenagem, a viver na Holanda, e que foi o portador do “Prémio Carreira 2011”, atribuído em Cabo Verde.

    O artista, embora fragilizado, continua com uma voz potente e maravilhosa com que saudou o público com sete interpretações, e que o aplaudiu numa das principais catedrais da música em Lisboa.

    O espectáculo, longo, e acompanhado por uma orquestra sob a batuta do maestro Albertino Monteiro, Toi Vieira ao piano, Armando Tito à guitarra entre outros músicos, teve momentos altos com Lura a cantar ao desafio com Bana uma coladeira.

    Outro momento alto foi com o popular Jorge Neto. Um dueto que colocou o público dançar e uma audiência ao rubro com a sua interpretação “Rosinha”.

    Também uma das mornas, muito apreciada Portugal “Maria Barba” interpretada por um jovem, Jorge Batista da Silva, com voz de tenor, foi vivida com intensidade com muitas pessoas a entoá-la.

    A “performance” desta homenagem ao cantor Bana, que celebrou 80 anos 11 de Março, foi concretizada as vozes já célebres de Nancy Vieira, Celina Pereira, Titina, Leonel Almeida, Luís Fortes (Holanda) Coimbra, Dany Silva, José Rui de Pina (EUA). Também com o “entertainer” José Gonçalves ou “Juca” (Holanda) que protagonizou vários momentos de humor.

    O público era heterogéneo. Tinha personalidades cabo-verdianas e portuguesas além de outros estrangeiros que nesta altura do ano visitam Portugal e frequentam os concertos. Havia também jovens, descendentes de várias ilhas, que nunca tinham visto Bana ao vivo e que ali se deslocaram pela primeira vez.

    Bana que só cantou no fim do espetáculo (que começou com uma hora de atraso), protagonizou de forma natural, entre o povo, momentos comoventes, aquando da sua entrada ao atravessar a plateia, e mais tarde quando a voltou a pisar para subir ao palco. Foram muitas as pessoas que dele se abeiravam para o saudar, envolvendo-se com flores e bênçãos.

    Celina Pereira e João do Rosário, os apresentadores deste espectáculo, falaram do artista, natural de S. Vicente e residente em Portugal há mais de 30 anos, como um “pai” da música e a “rocha” (pela sua compleição física, alta e forte). Designaram-no para o público como a “voz que levou Cabo Verde a Portugal e ao mundo, cimentando a lusofonia”.



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  • RIP “Barefoot Diva” Cesaria Evora - One of the Great Divas (1941-2011)

    Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora died today at age 70 in his native village. She became known internationally in 1992 with the title Sodade, from her third album.

    Cesaria Evoria is nicknamed the "barefoot diva" died today in Mindelo , her native village in Cape Verde. It's Mario Lucio Sousa , Minister of Culture of Cape Verde who confirmed the information launched Portuguese media. The singer aged 70 was admitted to the Hospital Baptista de Sousa Friday night for "respiratory failure" and "a heart high voltage."

    The singer had to end her career in September , again because of health problems. While in Paris, she had also told the world : " I have no strength, no energy . I want you to tell my fans: I'm sorry, but now I must rest .

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  • Leila Lopes (Born to Cape Verdean immigrants) is crowned Miss Universe


    Birth Name: Leila Lopes
    Birth Date: 1986 (age 23–24)
    Birth Place: Benguela, Angola
    Height: 1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)
    Hair color: Dark brown
    Eye color: Dark brown
    Title(s): Miss Angola UK 2011, Miss Angola 2011
    Major Competition(s): Miss Angola 2011(Winner)(Miss Photogenic), Miss Universe 2011

    BIOGRAPHY:

    Born to Cape Verdean immigrants in Benguela, Angola, Lopes is a business management student in Great Britain, where she was crowned Miss Angola UK on October 8, 2010, the official representative of the Angolan community in the United Kingdom to the 2011 Miss Angola pageant.

    Lopes, who stands 1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in) tall, competed as one of 21 finalists in her country's national beauty pageant, Miss Angola, held in Luanda on December 18, 2010, where she obtained the Photogenic Award and became the eventual winner of the title, gaining the right to represent Angola in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, to be broadcast live from São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011.


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  • SDL SOLDADO DI LIBERDADE (CD IN STORES) INTELLIGENTI)

    Soldado Di Liberdade " New CD Release"
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    NA MERCADO! (USA LIGAFRICA / CABO VERDE NA TOP)
    Introducing SDL - Soldado Di Liberdade

    Soldado Di Liberdade Capeverdean Hip-Hop duo Soldado Di Liberdade (SDL) Big Motcha & Flamez projects a positive message to the Capeverdean community, allows its listeners to take a deeper look at their own adversities, in turn making a change for the better by achieving their greatest potential. Their lyrics come with a great influence of the late Amilcar Cabral, who led Cape Verde to independence in 1975. Together, their vision is to share with the world their own personal struggles with a message that anyone can rise above.

    read & learn about SDL www.SDLCV.webs.com
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    Calu Di Brava, Flamez, Elji, Dino, Grace, LVR, CV3, Abzula, Hozivelt, & Ms Marjorie
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    This online album has 4 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 12/01/2011.
             

     

     
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    "Multimedia Specialist"
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  • Young Buck Indicted On Gun Charge, Facing 10 Years In Prison


    Young Buck is back in headlines again, this time for being indicted in Nashville, Tennessee. As previously reported, the IRS auctioned off several off his personal items after he faced a 0,000 tax lien. Since then the ex G-Unit rapper filed for bankruptcy and reportedly sued 50 Cent for a contract dispute. Now after moving past his money woes, Buck is in even more trouble after being indicted on a federal gun charge. According to Nashville’s WSMV News, Buck, real name David Darnell Brown, has been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a .40-caliber pistol and ammunition. Buck reportedly plead not guilty to the charge and is out on bond. He must surrender his passport as terms of his release. Buck was previously convicted of stabbing a man at the 2004 VIBE awards and can no longer carry a gun or ammunition.

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