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Porto Novo: Sebastião Monteiro “Betchinha” with over one thousand drums manufactured in more than three decades as a craftsman

Porto Novo, Jun 17 (Inforpress) – Sebastião Monteiro, known in the artistic world for “Betchinha”, an eminent producer of drums, have made more than a thousand of these objects typical of the pilgrimage festivals in Santo Antão in these 36 years.

Born in Ribeira da Torre, in Santo Antão, “Betchinha” has been living in Porto Novo since 1975, where he began to make drums in 1983 as a “hobby”, an activity that later became a “way of life”, from which he gets “some income” to support his family.

“I started as a hobby, but thanks to the encouragement of my friends, I realized that I could bet on the making of drums as a way of life, besides preventing this tradition from falling into oblivion”, said Sebastião Monteiro, well known in Cabo Verde and across borders.

This small craftsman, fascinated by drums, is also an “excellent” tambourinist and one of the most outstanding figures of the St. John festivities, which are celebrated in Porto Novo on June 24, the day of the patron saint.

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