The decision "will be ratified in December," in Colombia, "but the nation can already celebrate," said Cape Verde's minister of culture.
The morna music genre has been classified as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, Cape Verde's Minister of Culture, Abraham Vicente, announced. The decision is to be ratified in December.
"Dear Cape Verdeans, I am fortunate, honored and privileged to inform you that today the UNESCO expert technical committee has approved the Morna dossier as Intangible Cultural Heritage," said Abraham Vicente on Thursday night at his personal Facebook page.
Singer Lura has already responded to this distinction. "Congratulations Cape Verde! Congratulations to all Cape Verdeans in Cape Verde and the Diaspora, to all poets, composers, performers, musicians (players), producers, emigrants and lovers of Morna! Today the "Ten Grits of Earth" have gained a larger historical dimension. To mark the day I leave you an excerpt from my concert at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation where I sang with Sara Tavares one of the most beautiful Mornas ever: Beijo de Saudade written by Francisco Xavier da Cruz (B. Leza or Beléza)," wrote the Cape Verdean singer.
Cape Verde presented in March last year the Morna candidacy for Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The public decision should be known between December 9 and 14, in Bogota, Colombia, during the meeting of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee.
The Cape Verdean dossier had the collaboration of anthropologist Paulo Lima, a Portuguese expert in the elaboration of UNESCO's Intangible World Heritage application processes, such as fado, Alentejo singing and rattle art.