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Djodje: Artistes must use our voice to call out racism

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Cape Verde artiste, Indi Nunez Djodje has called on his colleagues to use their voice to end racism in the world.

Djodje is one of the new generation of artistes in Cape Verde since the global success of Cesària Évora.

His “Cabo Love” songs are enjoyed in the Lusophone world.

However, he feels artistes from his side of Africa have a long way to go in the mainstream of the non-Portuguese speaking parts of Africa:

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“I think we as Lusophone artists have to come together and find our place in Africa which is very, very important and from there spread our music to the world. But we need to find our place in Africa.”

Djodje finds the global success of musicians from Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana is found to be inspiring.

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His outward-looking attitude has seen him collaborate on a song called Preto, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Preto means black in Portuguese. It’s a bad word, when they call you preto you feel offended. But it’s true we are preto, we are black and we have to be proud, so the song talks mainly about: ‘I’m preto I’m proud’. It’s a message to the racists to say: ‘OK stop, it’s enough’.

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“We as artists, we have to say something, to use our voice. Even if I didn’t suffer racism I have to talk about it because there are other people suffering racism on a daily basis. I am a black person, I am from Cape Verde, an African, it is my duty.”

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