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Energetic funaná from Cape Verde
  • Mon 5 Jul ’21
    20:30 - 21:30
    Grote Zaal

Tabanka guarantees a festive and steamy show where standing still is not an option.

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The Cape Verdean group Tabanka originates from Rotterdam. This young, fresh formation was inspired by artists of an earlier generation, such as Bulimundo, Américo Brito and of course Bitori.

Tabanka brings her own, contemporary interpretation of the funaná, now the popular dance music of Cape Verde. It is a swinging and energetic style of music from the Cape Verdean island of Santiago that was banned during the Portuguese colonial rule because of its apparently incendiary and sensual nature. No wonder the funaná became part of the Cape Verdean identity after independence in 1975.

Funaná is originally the music of the descendants of enslaved people, which was mixed with pop and jazz in the eighties. The basis for the funaná is the diatonic accordion (gaita) and the ferrinho, a metal rod with notches on which to grate.

Tabanka released their album “Spertador” in March 2018, which was very well received. The group played with great success at festivals such as Oerol, Down The Rabbit Hole, Zwarte Cross, Copacobana, Ottertrotter, Gentse Feesten, and many more...

a safe visit during COVID-19

  • no testing required for access
  • mouth cap not mandatory
  • keep 5 ft distance 

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