Mamadou Sulabanku enchants the Atlantic Music Expo competition in Mindelo

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The eighth version of the Atlantic Music Expo competition, in Cape Verde, begins its second half, within the capital Praia, after Mindelo. All of the live shows, bringing collectively artists from the Atlantic arc, are free and happen in working-class neighborhoods, the place Mamadou Sulabanku, a griot singer initially from Senegal, who has lived in Mindelo for 20 years, performs.

A land of exile, Cape Verde has turn out to be a house port: got here for a live performance, Mamadou Sulabanku by no means left. Mindelo has turn out to be his stronghold, between Creole, Wolof and Spanish (his associate’s language), he has turn out to be Cape Verdean over time.

Actually, I say thanks to Cape Verde, as a result of it provides me a lot, far more even than Senegal. Actually my second house is Cape Verde. »

Initially from Dakar, Mamadou Sulabanku grew up within the district of Grand Yoff. If he based a household in Cape Verde and handed on his traditions, his griot information and his language to his son, within the land of saudade (nostalgia), he misses his homeland. ” The daddy, the mom, everybody was born there, how individuals lived, in brief, a whole lot of saudade. »

Discreet, dignified, nearly shy whenever you meet him within the streets of Mindelo, Mamadou Sulabanku shines on stage. And this griot retains a eager eye on the political lifetime of the African continent, on the shortcomings of political actors particularly: “ The presidents and prime ministers who govern us, actually, there are occasions when it is unhappy all the identical, it is shameful “.


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