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Folk Dance

Madeiran Music

On Madeira you can listen to both the laments of Portuguese fado and to the islanders own folk songs; these are sometimes accompanies by traditional instruments, such as the 4 string braguinha and the percussive brinquinho - a hand held pole where dolls wearing bells and castanets slide up and down to the music. Folk dances often hark back to the days of slavery-in the Porto do Sol, dancers with bowed heads move in circles as if their feet were chained together.

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  • Updated Dec 4, 2003
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Local dress - Funchal
Local dress

Traditional dress, still regularly worn by flower sellers, is smart and colourful. The women wear a red woollen skirt decorated with green, blue and yellow stripes, along with an embroidered red waistcoat over a white blouse. The men sport a baggy white shirt and knee length trousers tied with a red sash. A carapuca, like a skull cap with a stalk. and a cape thrown over the shoulder, may also be worn, along with light coloured leather boots with a red stripe

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  • Written Dec 3, 2003
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