UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Dancing at the Crossroads: Batuko, Community, and Female Empowerment in Cape Verde West Africa
- Author(s): Stranovsky, Sara
- et al.
Batuko, an interdisciplinary performance of drum, dance, and song is one of many creole forms of expression. Not only does batuko show how Cape Verdeans are a part of a local-global paradox, where lines that separate the local from the global are hard to define, batuko also serves as a community-building mechanism for women who have endured especially difficult hardships living at the crossroads.