Photo by Catherine Carvalho

13-10-20, 21h30

Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente, Coimbra

On the Reduction of the Other as a reflection of inculture

"Slavery, Colonialism, Neo-colonialism, Violence, Prejudice (Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia....) are actions aimed at reducing the Other. The reduction of the Other provides compensation, fills deep and inexhaustible needs. The cause of these manifestations is a perverse lack of culture, culture in its spiritual sense, which spreads from love, religions, knowledge, teaching, to the arts. Understanding through these various disciplines and practices that the Other is us, can change the heart that changes the mind".

"I will make a 20-minute presentation from the novel «O Diabo Foi Meu Padeiro», which recounts the experience of the Tarrafal Concentration Camp detainees, followed by a 30-minute Q&A. Finally, a music recital on love".

Mário Lúcio Matias de Sousa Mendes - Singer, composer, author, thinker, born on October 21, 1964 in Tarrafal, Santiago Island, Cape Verde. He is one of the most acknowledge figures of the Cape Verdean cultural scene, both locally and internationally. Mario Lucio is a musician, singer-songwriter, the country’s most internationally awarded author, the poet who marked the turning point in the new Cape Verdean poetry with the book Nascimento de Um Mundo, one of the renowned thinkers of his generation, author of the Cryoulization Manifesto, the most current work on the phenomenon of cryoulization around the world.

Founder and leader of the musical group Simentera, ex-libris of Cape Verdean music, Mario Lucio became a reference of music and culture in Cape Verde. He has nine original albums, a compilation of 80 of his most listened songs, and collaborations with Cesaria Evora, Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde), Manu Dibango (Cameroon) Touré Kunda (Senegal), Paulinho Da Viola, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Pablo Milanes (Cuba), Mario Canonge and Ralph Tamar (Martinique) Teresa Salgueiro, Luis Represas, (Portugal) Toumani Diabate (Mali), Harry Belafonte (USA), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), and many others.

Academic studies and skills: Mario Lucio holds a degree in Law from Havana University. He was a Member of the Cape Verdean Parliament from 1996 to 2001. Adviser to the Minister of Culture (1992) and Cultural Adviser to the Commissioner of Expo/92. Author of the musical project of Cape Verde for Expo 92 (Seville) and 98 (Lisbon).

Cultural Ambassador of Cape Verde.

Minister of Culture and Arts, 2011 to 2016

Activity under the Doctoral Programme Post-Colonialisms and Global Citizenship, the project CROME - Crossed Memories, Politics of Silence: The Colonial-Liberation Wars in Postcolonial Times, the Departament of Languagues, Literatures and Cultures and the PhD in Portuguese Language Literature (FLUC), in partnership with Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente.