Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Amy Kulper

Second Advisor

Carl Lostritto


Due to its strategic location between Africa and the Americas, Cabo Verde became a major hub for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade where millions of slaves were transported across the Atlantic. The interaction of slaves and merchants saw a racial emergence that gave rise to a mixed culture rich in both European and African traditions. Towards the end of the 1800s, Drought, plagues, poverty and poor colonial rule resulted in forced migrations Westward which still affects the archipelago today. There are more Cape Verdeans living abroad than there are living in the islands. Immigrants in turn have had a major influence on Cape Verde’s cocktail of cultural mixes which sees its identity as a constant becoming. This thesis looks to its music, one of the most important aspects of Cape Verdean culture, to understand both the cultural and musical adaptations that have persisted Cape Verde since its discovery. In doing so, I hope to share the PRIDE of my people and also of my own pride as a Cape Verdean immigrant attending RISD.

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