Music - Os Tubarões

Os Tubarões (‘The Sharks’) were long viewed as Cape Verde's 'official' band in the new days after independence. This seven-piece band became the ambassadors of Capeverdean music, exporting their both light-hearted coladera dances, traditional morna songs and funaná beats that addresses the problem of Cape Verde's far flung diaspora all over the world. One of its particularities was that none of its members were full time musicians - they were also customs officers, lawyers, doctors, civil servants and so on.

Os Tubarões recorded 8 albums from 1976 to 1994.

The song 'Alto Cutelo' heard in the film comes from their 1976 debut album ‘Pepe Lopi’.

Pedro Costa also used their track ‘Labanta Braço’ (also from the Pepe Lopi album) in his film In Vanda’s Room (No quarto da Vanda, 2000).


1976 - Pepe Lopi
1976 - Tchon di Morgado
1979 - Djonsinho Cabral
1980 - Tabanca
1982 - Tema para dois
1990 - Os Tubarões
1993 - Os Tubarões ao vivo
1994 - Porton d’ nôs ilha

YouTube playlist

Ildo Lobo (vocals, 1973-94), Chindo (vocals), Luís Lobo (guitar, vocals), Loló Graça Lima (guitar), Fortinho Bettencourt (bass), Duia (drums), Zeca Couto (organ, accordion, 1970-94)

Formed: February 1969, Praia, Santiago, Cape Verde
Disbanded: 1994

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