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  Folk Dance
by ettenaj

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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