Sao Filipe, April 28 (Inforpress) – The colexa, which consists of the rhythmic beating of two sticks on the edge of the wooden pestle, is responsible for marking the rhythm between the pestle, the tambourines and the songs of the coladeras, during the preparation of the corn for lunch of knights and guests.
Manuel Rodrigues is one of the co-workers of the traditional festivities of the flags, especially in Sao Filipe, since the disappearance of the last emblematic figure of this art, Kerena, and for some years he has performed this function with some mastery, enthusiasm and liveliness.
According to him, if the colexa is out of order, it will negatively influence either the tambourines or the coladeras and the people who are stopping and so it requires some reflection and tuning between the various actors, and at the minimum failure the tambourines stop touch.
For the cultural activist Fausto do Rosario, the colexa has the function of setting the rhythm of work, allowing people to perform the tasks in a synchronized way and is very close to the work songs, a position that is also attested by professor Jose Maria Semedo.
This one who is one of the scholars of the traditional aspects of culture, namely the flags of the Fogo island, advocates that the colexa serves to mark the rhythm of work and is a tradition that is part of the history of the islands, although in others islands the colexa has lost some projection.
JR / JMV / HVF