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Cape Verde’s government is on Monday to submit to UNESCO its bid for Intangible World Heritage status for the morna, the country’s most iconic musical genre, in the hope of a positive decision in December of 2019.
The bid is to be handed over by the country’s minister of culture and creative industries, Abraão Vicente.
Cape Verde has been aided in preparing the bid by Portugal, with Paulo Lima, a Portuguese specialist in drafting bids for UNESCO Intangible World Heritage, recently in the country on a technical support mission. Lima, a researcher at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Lisbon’s Universidade Nova, was involved in Portugal’s successful bids for World Heritage status for fado music, cante alentejano choral singing and the art of making chocalhos (cowbells).
On 27 February Cape Verde’s parliament unanimously approved as National Morna Day 3 December – the birthday of Francisco Xavier da Cruz (1905 – 1958), better known as B. Léza and deemed to be one of the country’s greatest composers of mornas.
After submitting the UNESCO bid, the country expects to learn whether it has been successful in December of next year, according to the Ministry of Culture.Source: Lusa