Funaná - An Reference to Culture

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Funaná was considered a musical genre of the rural area, played in popular festivals that ended often in fights or deaths. Therefore, it was associated with the profane life and despised as music of bad taste.

When the peasants went to Praia (capital of Cape Verde) to sell their products in the municipal market, they also took with them the gaita (diatonic accordion) and the ferrinho (a metal bar - the blade of a hoe - which the rhythm is marked when rubbed with a knife or other metallic object).

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Consequently, this music genre began to spread to urban centers. According to the legend, Funaná derives from the name of a man “Funa” and his wife “Naná”, notables’ music players of gaita and ferrinho. The combination of these two words originates the name funaná. The independence of Cape Verde brings significant evolution to Funaná music.

The musical groups Tubarões and Bulimundo adapted funaná to the electronic instruments, guaranteeing virtuosity and enriching its harmonic structure. The funaná is danced in pairs, with the dancers embracing bodies and holding hands.

The dance is characterized by bending knees, marking the fast beat of the song. Being an essential reference of Cape Verdean culture, this genre is associated with freedom and joy.

Therefore, funaná is heard and danced in various occasions. Some people use this genre to exercise and relax their bodies and minds. This music is often played in fitness centers and even at home.

Other people listen to funaná in an intimate, therapeutic relationship, to break free from stress and routine. Funaná, thus, gives them great pleasure. A friend, Janice Silva, makes a good synthesis of the funaná: "It is a companion who observes, seduces with rhythm and lyrics, enchants and provides great joy and freedom”.

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