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Manuel d' Novas (February 24, 1938 — September 28, 2009) was a Cape Verdean poet and composer.

Manuel de Novas
Born(1938-02-24)February 24, 1938
Santo Antão, Cape Verde
Died28 September 2009(2009-09-28) (aged 71)
Other namesManuel d Novas
Occupationpoet, composer



Manuel Jesus Lopes was born in Penha da França, one of the neighbourhoods of Ribeira Grande on the island of Santo Antão, he became one of the most important poets and composers of Cape Verde. His music is known all over the world, through performers like Cesária Évora, Bana and others. He lived in Mindelo on the island of São Vicente. He visited 35 Rua de Moeda where other Cape Verdean musicians visited including Bana. He took part in the 2003 Baía das Gatas Music Festival.[1] Manuel died on September 28, 2009, from a stroke he suffered for three years that started in Portugal,[2] after staying at the hospital named Baptista de Sousa for about a week.[3] He was buried later in Mindelo.[4]

Some famous poems in crioulEdit

  • Apocalipse
  • Nôs raça, D. Ana, Cumpade Cizóne, Ess Pais
  • Tudo tem se limite, Cumpade Ciznone
  • Lamento d'um emigrante
  • Biografia d’ um criol
  • Lisboa, capital di sôdade (done with Rui Machado)
  • Morna Morna:
    • Stranger ê um Ilusão
  • Morna-Coladeira:
    • Psú nhondenga, Cmé catchorr, Morte d'um Tchuc



  • "Cumpade Ciznone" by Cesária Évora in the album Miss Perfumado (1992)
  • "Direito Di Nasce" by Cesária Évora in the album Miss Perfumado (1992)
  • "Vida Tem Um So Vida" by Cesária Évora in the album Miss Perfumado (1992), together with Dany Mariano
  • "Barbincor" by Cesária Évora in the album Miss Perfumado (1992)
  • "Ess Pais" by Cesária Évora in the album Cabo Verde (1997), based on his poem "Quem ca conchê Mindelo, Ca conché Cabo-Verde"
Posthumous publications

Adaptations by other artistsEdit

  • “Biografia d’ um criol’” (1979) in the album Djonsinho Cabral by the band Os Tubarões
  • "C’mê catchorr’” (1986) in the album Lamento de um Emigrante by Manecas Matos


  1. ^ "Homenagem a Manuel de Novas na Baía das Gatas" [Hommage to Manuel de Novas at Baía das Gatas] (in Portuguese). Cabo Verde Online. August 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-06-10.
  2. ^ S. Vicente: Compositor Manuel d’ Novas faleceu esta madrugada - Inforpress/ (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Visao News - São Vicente: Músico Manuel d´Novas sofre mal-estar e é hospitalizado Archived 2009-09-30 at the Wayback Machine. (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ "Funeral de Manel d'Novas hoje à tarde no Mindelo". (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2009-10-02.


  • César Augusto Monteiro: Manel d'Novas: Musica, Vida, Caboverdianidade (2003)

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