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The Alentejo Cante

Sung in chorus and without the use of musical instruments, by groups of men and women, the Alentejo Cante is essentially a popular manifestation that took place in the context of work in the fields or at celebrations.

The origin of the Alentejo Cante is far from being determined. It is hypothesized to have an Arab origin. Others suggest it is Sephardic. Some voices claim that the singing is pre-Roman and dates back to the Bronze Age. Or Byzantine. Or even that it has origins in religious chants.

The lyrics of the Alentejo Cante explore traditional themes such as rural life, nature, love, motherhood, or religion, and also address themes related to cultural and social contexts.

The transmission between the older and younger members occurs mainly during the rehearsals of the choral groups.

The Alentejo Cante embodies a strong sense of identity and belonging. It reinforces dialogue between different generations, genders, and origins, thus contributing to social cohesion.

It has been an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2014.

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