© CMS, female choral group "As Ceifeiras de Pias"

THE CANTE

HERITAGE OF HUMANITY

The Cante Alentejano is now Heritage of Humanity and is alive and well in the municipality of Serpa, with 14 choirs. 

To listen to the Cante is a unique and intense experience that one does not forget. Those who come to Serpa can experience it by taking part in one of the weekly rehearsals of the different choirs or in one of the municipality’s events, where the Cante always has a prominent place.

A polyphony that does not require any instruments, the songs evolve in a slow - and nearly always melancholic - tempo

 

the expression of a People that sings its history, its ways of life and traditions.

Until a few decades ago, the Cante was synonymous with socializing, especially for men, in taverns, associations or cafes, places where it was sung, spontaneously, around a conversation or a snack. At home it was mostly sung by women, but, out in the fields, all raised their voices, joining forces to overcome the fatigue of the toil. The tradition was passed among the peasants and miners, from parents to children, and is currently alive and kicking.

© João Monge Ferreira, Tavern of the Coral and Ethnographic Group "Os Camponeses de Pias"

Its classification as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, attributed by UNESCO on the 27th of November 2014 in Paris, rejuvenated and gave strength and motivation to Cante’s champions and reaffirmed it as one of the main vectors of the region's identity.

ITS ORIGINS AND PARTICULARITIES

There is no consensus on its origins. Some relate it to Sephardic Arabian chants, taken to Morocco by the Jews driven from the Iberian Peninsula in the 16th century, while others associate it to a type of Byzantine chant, born of the Orthodox liturgies. For others yet, the connection to religious chants is more recent, and closer, as the Cante may have first appeared in the cloister schools of the Évora Cathedral.

 

Like any cultural expression that is alive and well, the Cante has updated itself over the years, with the introduction of faster variants and even instruments, like the accordion and the viola campaniça.

 

The repertoire has also been affected by multiple influences. If we think about the history of each choir and each singer and consider the functions of the Cante over the years we can better understand its immense cultural richness. That is the work of recording and cataloguing that Casa do Cante, a project based in Serpa, is implementing in order to protect the Cante Alentejano and the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the South.

Casa do Cante (the House of Cante), in Serpa, was the entity responsible for managing the candidacy (click to visit the Casa do Cante website)

© CMS, UNESCO certification of the Cante Alentejano

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THE CHOIRS

IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF SERPA

THOSE WHO COME TO ENJOY THE CANTE

The Cante has a musical structure that is easy to recognize and follow, and anyone who arrives at Serpa can verify it by attending a choir rehearsal. Whether male or female, the voices will give you goosebumps.


You will hear two solo voices (the ponto and the alto) that alternate with a chorus. The stanzas are repeated in a cycle as many times as the singers desire. 


Visit Casa do Cante, lookup information on upcoming open rehearsals and prepare yourself for an intense and authentic experience.

CASA DO CANTE

 

Rua dos Cavalos, 12, 7830-341 Serpa 

Phone 284 544 720

Email: geral.casadocante@gmail.com

www.casadocante.pt


www.facebook.com/CasaDoCanteSerpaPt

 

GRUPO CORAL DA ACADEMIA DE SERPA

Academia Sénior

Rua D. Manuel de Moura, 7830-458 Serpa
Phone  284 544 597 / 969 415 729 
Email: academiasenior@cm-serpa.pt
Facebook: Grupo Coral da Academia Sénior

GRUPO CORAL "OS CEIFEIROS DE SERPA"


Rua da Fonte Santa, nº 12,

Apartado 106, 7830-471 Serpa
Phone 965 275 484 
Facebook: Grupo Coral Os Ceifeiros de Serpa

GRUPO CORAL E ETNOGRÁFICO DA CASA DO POVO DE BRINCHES 

Casa do Povo de Brinches

Rua da Cruz, 20, 7830-122 Brinches
Phone 961 277 815
Facebook: Grupo Coral e Etnográfico da Casa do Povo de Brinches

GRUPO CORAL FEMININO "AS PAPOILAS DO ENXOÉ"

Rua do Mercado S/N,

7830-518 Vale de Vargo
Phone 962 943 226 
Email: jfvaledevargo@gmail.com

GRUPO CORAL FEMININO "FLORES DO CHANÇA"

Sociedade Recreativa 1.º de Dezembro,

Largo Amílcar Pinto, n.º 10, 7830-622 Vila Verde de Ficalho
Phone 969 215 653  
Email: juntadeficalho@mail.telepac.pt
Facebook: Grupo Coral Flores do Chança

GRUPO CORAL JUVENIL DE VILA NOVA DE SÃO BENTO

EB 2/3, Largo do Rossio Grande, 22

7830-055 Vila Nova de S. Bento
Phone 969 415 729
Email: pedromestre@gmail.com

RANCHO CORAL "OS CAMPONESES" DE VALE DE VARGO

Junta de Freguesia de Vale de Vargo
Rua M.F.A. 17, 7830 Vale de Vargo
Phone 966 213 807 
Email: ranchocoralvaledevargo@gmail.com
Facebook: Rancho Coral de Vale de Vargo

GRUPO CORAL "OS ARRAIANOS" DE VILA VERDE DE FICALHO 

Largo Amílcar Pinto, n.º 10, 7830 Vila Verde de Ficalho
Phone 963 258 205
Facebook:
Grupo Coral "Os Arraianos" de Vila Verde de Ficalho

GRUPO CORAL E ETNOGRÁFICO "OS CAMPONESES DE PIAS"

Rua Luís de Camões , n.º 3 - 7830 Pias
Phone 961 618 083/ 927 760 268
Email: camponesesdepias@hotmail.com
Facebook: Camponeses de Pias Grupo Coral

GRUPO CORAL E ETNOGRÁFICO DA CASA DO POVO DE SERPA

Rua da Fonte Santa, nº 20, 7830 - 417 Serpa
Phone 969 516 698 / 969 197 175 
Email: coralcasapovoserpa@gmail.com
Facebook: Grupo Coral e Etnográfico da Casa do Povo de Serpa

GRUPO CORAL FEMININO "MADRIGAL"

Rua da Branca, n.º 48

7830-064 Vila Nova de S. Bento
Phone 964 428 108  
Email: grupo.coral.madrigal@gmail.com

GRUPO CORAL FEMININO "AS CEIFEIRAS DE PIAS" 

Rua Luís de Camões, 33

7830-260 Pias, SRP
Phone 966 467 764 
Email: asceifeirasdepias@hotmail.com
Facebook: As Ceifeiras de Pias

RANCHO DE CANTADORES DE ALDEIA NOVA DE S. BENTO

Rua do Sobral 22, 7830 Vila Nova de S. Bento
Phone 961 528 663
Email: ajbsilva@gmail.com
Facebook: Rancho de Cantadores

RANCHO CORAL E ETNOGRÁFICO DE VILA NOVA DE SÃO BENTO

Junta de Freguesia de Vila Nova de S. Bento,

7830-059 Vila Nova de S. Bento
Phone 965 340 266
Email: etnograficovnsb@hotmail.com
Facebook: Rancho Coral Etnográfico de Vila Nova S. Bento

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