This past weekend, the United States celebrated its independence day on July 4th, with plenty of fireworks, backyard barbecues, and lazy afternoons at beaches. Here at Africa.com, though, we were paying attention to one of the continent’s smallest countries: Cape Verde celebrated its 36th anniversary of independence yesterday. While some may say that Cape Verde’s independence day was overshadowed, we’d argue against that on this site.
One of our favorite blogs, Africa is a Country, posted a number of fantastic tracks by Cape Verdean artists to honor the independence day of the island country. Here’s a track by Lura called “Quebrod nem Djosa”:
and another by Suzanna Lubrano, called “Festa Mascarado”:
We also learned that Cape Verdeans have an interesting relationship with, of all things, the historic whaling industry of Massachusetts. The New Bedford Whaling Museum of New Bedford, MA, is currently displaying a new exhibit that celebrates the participation of Cape Verdean immigrants in the Massachusetts-based whaling industry during the 19th century. The exhibit opened yesterday, as the Boston Globe reports, so if you find yourself in the environs of Boston or Providence, Rhode Island, make sure to check out this important exhibit.