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DJALUNGA - Biography
In the 17th and 18th centuries, Bõa Vista was the economic capital of Cape Verde and its Sal Rei port located on a sheltered bay was a flourishing trade centre. It was in Bõa Vista that morna was born, a sweet and nostalgic style that informs the archipelago's musical reputation today...
Unhappily, the Sal Rei bay inexorably silted up over the years and the colonial authorities decided to establish themselves on the
Bõa Vista is the second island of Cape Verde in surface area, but unlike its nearest neighbour Santiago, it is very flat. Its climate is one of the most arid in the archipelago: it is like a piece of the Sahara lost in the
Passing tourists admire the dunes, oases and sea - admirably suited to sailing and surfing - but life on the island is a continual struggle. The only living thing able to thrive in these hostile conditions is a plant: the djalunga. Because it stabilises the soil and feeds flocks of sheep, it has become a symbol of resistance. A symbol of life, of survival...
Djalunga is also the name of one of the best musical group in the island - by using this name they want to express the difficulty of a musician's life in Bõa Vista. The island has no music shops supplying equipment, no concert halls and small audiences... Musicians regularly leave the island because it is a long way from anything, even the rest of the archipelago. Neither the competition among
Amor fingido is Djalunga's first recording and also the first CD made by a band from Bõa Vista. Recorded in live conditions, it reproduces the atmosphere of a tocatina* held by the group in a little café near the harbour. Bõa Vista morna is different to
* tocatina: a more or less improvised gathering of musicians
Album “Amor Fingido” - CD Harmonia 023042