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Dancing at the Crossroads: Batuko, Community, and Female Empowerment in Cape Verde West Africa

  • Author(s): Stranovsky, Sara
  • et al.
Abstract

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.

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