Cante Alentejano is a genre of traditional two-part singing performed by amateur choral groups in southern Portugal. It is characterized by distinctive melodies, lyrics and vocal styles, and performed without instrumentation. A vast repertoire of traditional poetry is set to existing or newly created melodies, with lyrics exploring both traditional and contemporary themes. It permeates social gatherings in both public and private spaces, reinforcing dialogue between generations, genders and individuals from different backgrounds, thereby contributing to social cohesion.
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