Cante from Alentejo

Cante from Alentejo

The region of Alentejo comprises almost a third of the Portuguese territory, from the Tagus river to the Algarve. In it, one can find endless golden plains and villages painted in white, a trait of the Moorish heritage.

The region’s identity is linked with its cuisine, wine and cante.

The latter cante from Alentejo was considered by UNESCO a member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage List, in 2014.

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Jamaica, reggae and Bob Marley

Jamaica, reggae and Bob Marley

Before the arrival of the Spanish, Jamaica was inhabited by Indians who called the land “Xaymaca”, “the land of wood and water”.

The natives were decimated shortly after and the importation of African slaves began. With the arrival of the English the country started to be designated as Jamaica and a new capital was constituted – Kingston.

Throughout the period of English colonization, the country became a site known for its smuggling and piracy. Its closeness to the shipping routes and the natural settings of the bay itself, which allowed to protect a vast number of vessels, were two decisive factors for such. (more…)

The Music of Cuba

The Music of Cuba

In Cuba, you can listen to and feel the music in virtually every corner.

Undeniably, it’s something that it’s part of a Cuban’s life. This is the first article I write about Cuba and I immediately felt that urge to understand the history of something that is so connected to a people, and something which represents their way of living and being. It’s a real passion, one that you can feel in the air, and it’s almost impossible to be insensitive to it.

It was in 1492 that Cristopher Columbus reached Cuba and announced what he called “the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen”. However, the colonization process only began some years after, conducted by Spain and led by Diego Velázquez. (more…)

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