Badju Gaita

Date Friday 02 June, 2023
Start 21:00
Doors open 20:00


Funana – Once Forbidden Music of Cabo Verde islands

Chando Graciosa is a big name in the Funana music scene. Born in 1965 in São Tomé but raised in Cabo Verde, Chando became a known singer and composer and has collaborated with some of the most important names of the scene in Cabo Verde and later in Rotterdam. 

In Rotterdam, safe haven and home to Cabo Verde’s most important label Morabeza Records, the record “Bitori Nha Bibinha” was born, a masterpiece which catapulted Chando Graciosa to stardom, making him Cabo Verde´s No.1 singer of Funana.

Recorded in Holland  this was considered one of the best records of all time, in this genre. It also stands as a weapon of protest and rebellion played by “badius” from Santiago, talking about hunger, blood, sweat and tears and of the hard work conditions in Cabo Verde and São Tomé.


NADjA is a DJ with Cape Verdean roots who brings a mix of funana, cotxi pó and basically all danceable rhythms from this island.  After 4 years she’s gladly excited to be reunited with the Tropical DJipsies on the same stage! click here for more of her work.

DiDi & RaqL (Tropical DJipsies)


Born in Brussels with Cape Verdean, Angolan and Portuguese roots, RaqL has inherited absolute musical perles from Cabo Verde. As a DJ she’s been very active in Belgium for the last 2 years with an eclectic and bouncy selection that drives dancers crazy. Naturally the Funana , Coladera and Cotxi Pó are among her favorite styles and her selection for this evening will be aiming in that direction.


Originally from Lisbon, she was born in a family of musicians where African music was often life’s soundtrack. Especially from the PALOP countries, meaning African lusophone countries (Cabo Verde, Angola, Moçambique, etc). In 2019 she created the Tropical DJipsies, a female DJ collective of global sounds.

For this specific event they’ll play one of their shared common passions : Cape Verdean music. Get ready to sweat! Follow their facebookaccount


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