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Alentejo is more than bread and wine... it has its own voice!

On the list of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2014, the Cante Alentejano is a typical choral singing originally from Alentejo. 

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Choral groups of up to 30 men or sometimes women gather their voices with no instruments to sing along the lyrics associated with traditions. Two main singers lead the music, that kicks off with the 'ponto' in a lower tone and goes up to 'alto' in a wider range. 

Its lyrics talk about traditions, love, family or old memories of the life in Alentejo. Most of them started with the farmers, that would sing them while working on their plantations for amusement. Nowadays people get together in local cafes, unions or family gatherings and the canto is a must.

Its not only a form of music as it represents an oral tradition that lives through generations and reaches every humble listener with a strong message. 

 

 



 

 

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