Cidade Velha, Santiago, Cape Verde
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Fantcha sings to Cape Verde's sea

Cape Verde's Fantcha - one of the islands' most prominent singers - has released her first album for 10 years and her fans say that it has been well worth the wait.

It is called Love, Sea and Music, a title which probably helps to conjure up the islands for the artist who is now based in the United States.

And as BBC Africa's Leslie Goffe found out when he went to meet her after a concert in New York, Fantcha has many poignant reasons for her long absence from the music scene.

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  • 02 Jan 2012
  • From the section Africa