• Batuque, l'âme du peuple | Batuque - A Alma de um Povo
Genre : Musical
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Music, Cinema/tv, History/society
Year of production : 2006
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 52 (in minutes)

In 1462, the first African slaves were deported to Cape Verde, 10 islands, until then inhabited. They brought with them the rhythms and the roots of what became the BATUQUE: a women’s music. The singers repeat very strong lyrics, sitting in a circle and beating the rhythm with their hands on a piece of cloth between their legs, while a woman performs a very sensual dance in the middle of the circle with her hips. The Batuque accompany every moment of the day in the island. The beat is constant. And the women are laughing.

runing time: 52 minutes
ratio: 1:33
year of production: 2006

script: Julio Silvão Tavares
music: Raiz de Tambarina
photography: Cesar Paes
editing: Agnès Contensou and Cesar Paes
director: Julio Silvão Tavares
producer: Luis Correia and Marie-Clémence Paes
sound: Pedro Figueiredo
sound mixing: Mathieu Benhayoun
co-produced by: RFO, Laterit productions and LX Filmes

Distributor: MARFILMES


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Batuque, l'âme du peuple (Batuque - A Alma de um Povo)



  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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