August 16-17-18, 2013

 

The ‘Festival de Música da Baía das Gatas’ happens every year in the full moon weekend of the month of August. The crowds gather on the beach of Baía das Gatas and feature local and international music. The festival also contains various cultural programs.

 

The event was started in 1984 by a group of friends who wanted to create a way to meet and share musical ideas, but also as a way to create solidarity and peace throughout Cape Verde. The event now involves not only Cape Verdean musicians but also international artists, and attracts tens of thousands of people not only from Cape Verde but also from across the globe.

 

 

It’s one of the largest open air music festivals in West Africa, and has become a celebration of Cape Verdean culture.There are numerous food stalls where you can try catchupa, fagalada and of course lots of beer and grogue. The night eventually turns in to one big party and giant disco. People sleep on the beach in tents. 3 days and nights non-stop party!

 

 

This music festival is seen as the blueprint for the others on Sal and Santiago, for example the Gamboa music festival held in May.