Cape Verde is a country affluent in oral traditions. These include proverbs, riddles, stories, songs, as well as popular beliefs, myths, superstitions, and games, which can be heard and seen when walking through the streets. One of the most popular oral traditions is the batuku (Creole) (batuque in Portuguese) song and dance (Hurley-Glowa, 2001). Men might clap their hands to the sound of the drum in the batuku dance or play an accompanying instrument, but it is primarily a woman’s dance (Máximo, 1998).
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Its significance lies in the dancing gestures and the word meanings, including satires and complaints; things that otherwise wouldn’t be said.
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© 2009 Katherine Carter and Judy Aulette
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Carter, K., Aulette, J. (2009). Batuku Dance as Resistance. In: Cape Verdean Women and Globalization. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230100596_7
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