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Date: 09/01/2008
SANTIAGO FESTIVAL PROMISES PLENTY OF MUSIC & DANCING

The town of Tarrafal on the island of Santiago will commemorate Santo Amaro festivities on Sunday, January 13, with two days of music and dancing on the town’s most popular beach. Livity, Beto Dias, Maria de Barros and Ferro Gaita are among the groups slated to perform.


Funaná, zouk, morna and even samba will be the order of the day in Tarrafal. Various renowned names in Cape Verdean and international music will set the tone for the festivities in Santiago’s northernmost town.

The festival will begin on Sunday and last until Monday. The main headliner is Holland-based Cape Verdean pop band Livity, but there will also be plenty of room for local artists, some of them still looking for their market niche.

The festival will begin at 10:00 pm Sunday with local batuko group Pó di Terra, followed by a group of artists hailing from Tarrafal and residing in the United States, Maria de Barros and Ferro Gaita.

The second and final day will begin with Paulinho and his band of the Brazilian group Canta Brasil, followed by Tarrafal native Beto Dias. The event will be closed with Livity.

According to Tarrafal municipal chamber aide Charles Spencer, “the lineup is promising.” “We’re already prepared to welcome of all of the visitors,” he guarantees. Indeed, organizers are expecting more than 10,000 people to make their way to the town over the course of the two-day festivities.




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