Songs of the Badius

Music from the Cape Verde Islands

directed by: Gei Zantzinger
produced by: Gei Zantzinger
(1989) 35 minutes

Until Independence in 1975, the Kriolu music of the Cape Verde Islands was alternately neglected, persecuted, or forbidden because their colonizers, the Portugese, distrusted the focus of national sentiment that it provides. The descendants of runaway African slaves, still called “Badius,” continue to perform several genres of Luso-African music which express the views and character of the people.

Performances of Tabanka, Funana, and Batuku are presented, translated into English, and discussed by two of the most important musicians of the Islands.

Finalist: American Film Festival
Margaret Mead Film Festival
American Federation of Art Film Tour