radia # 727 Sound Chronicles from Cabo Verde
by Marco Scarassatti (Radio Zero)
This work is an attempt to recreate the sound memories of the encounters and situations lived and experienced in the journeys between the islands of San Vicente and San Antão, in Cabo Verde
The Ferry Boat provides the transport between these islands carrying and bringing workers, documents, belongings and stories of kinship, rivalries, loves – much of them sung in mazurks, mornas and other local musical genres.
The work was part of a project funded by the Brazilian government and it was one of the
achievements of the policy valuing cultural, economic and scientific partnerships between
Portuguese-speaking countries. It is perhaps important to remember that this project existed during the years 2012 and 2017, a period that preceded the current cultural and political conservative ascent in Brazil.
When I arrived on the island of San Vicente, it was carnival and Mindelo, the capital city,
offered, on the one hand, a version of the Brazilian Carniva, and on the other, the resistance of an almost tribal carnival of the Mandigas.
In San Antão the experience on my arrival was another. I moved to the rural area and was
surprised by a show of synchrony and rhythm between three women using a large pestle to percussively crush and grind the corn.
San Vicente also has rural areas with small farms and there I came across a windmill and listened to the quiet prose of two workers. This contrasted with the sound eloquence inside the Fish Market of Mindelo, where I witnessed mainly the sound of knives scraping across fish scales.
In contrast, San Antão seemed mysterious and mystical. At the radio station I met a group of musicians who were recording a samba for the Mindello carnival. They began to remember and play many Mazurks and I recorded the whole process, starting from the first tentative versions.
Back in Mindelo, between the carnival and the incursions into the Municipal and Fish Market, I met Seiva, a local rapper who is a respected figure with an important work already recorded. His dream is to leave Cape Verde in order to find a wider audience for his music. With the sounds taken from my trips between the two islands, I created a percussive backdrop for his verses.
about Marco Scarassatti:
Sound artist, improviser and composer, develops research and construction of soundsculptures and sound installations.
walking thru the irish sea
Mobile Radio - Morsonata (2009)