Morna has every chance to become UNESCO intangible heritage – Portuguese anthropologist


Praia, June 26 (Inforpress) – The main challenge related to the application of morna as a World Heritage is the harmonization of a world music style, but also of tocatinas, according to the Portuguese anthropologist Paulo Lima, who guarantees that the application has many chances of success.

The Government of Cabo Verde has assumed as a priority to submit the application of morna, the most emblematic musical genre of the country, to Intangible Heritage of the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) until March 31, 2018 and will count on the support of Portugal in this process.

It was in this context that Paulo Lima, a specialist in the elaboration of applications for UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, visited Cabo Verde in a technical advisory mission to support the application preparation, which ended Friday.

In an interview with the Lusa agency, Paulo Lima, who was involved in Portuguese fado-winning candidacies, Alentejo cante and rattle art, highlighted the strengths of the morna process.

“The morna assembles all the hypotheses to be inscribed as musical genre in the list of intangible heritage. It has several strengths: it is identity, it has a strong expression in Cabo Verdean culture, it serves as a link between Cabo Verdeans in Cabo Verde and those in the diaspora. It is a musical practice that transforms and rebuilds. Absorbs and is constantly changing, but there is always an identification between the Cabo Verdean culture and this musical genre,” he said.





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