CAPE VERDIAN INSTRUMENTS - Musical instruments are an integral part of the cultural manifestations of the life of Cape Verdian communities. They play an important role in family and social celebrations. In the popular festivals held in each island, in tribute to the patron saints, drums beat to exhaustion and string instruments are widely used, such as the guitar, the viola, the cavaquinho and the violin. Drums and other percussion instruments are also quite popular.
Musical styles and rhtyms

Text and photographs by Victor Gama
Video (stills and clips) from: 'You can't live with your mouth shut' by João Nicolau, 2002
Concept, design and editing: Zeezeilen, 2003