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The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cape Verde Finally Revealed: Space Echo - The Audiophile Man
Title: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cape Verde Finally Revealed Label: Analog Africa Yes, that’s right, this is a compilation of grooves from Cape Verde and its oddly intriguing synth explorations. An island nation 350 miles of the west coast of Africa, it was utilised as an overseas department by the Portuguese in 1951, later attaining independence in 1975. Inherently, the country runs under the grooves of Funana (banned by the Portuguese colonialists who thought it was a bit too risqué for their civilised tastes), Mornas and Coladeras. Why the synth connection, then? Mainly because of a 1968 shipment that was packed with kit from the likes of Korg, Moog, Farfisa, Hammond and Rhodes which was on the way to Rio de Janeiro to be shown at an electronic exhibition with a view to future South American sales. The ship left Baltimore on 20 March and, oddly enough, never arrived. Hmmm. Now imagine that you wake up in a village such as Sao Nicolau or even Cachaca which are both 8km from any coastline and there, in your midst…is a ship. And what are inside the containers? You guessed it. Useless, though. This was an area with no …