Guinea Bissau

Lying  south of Senegal and north of Guinea Conakry, this country, with a population of some 1,661,000  souls, is a former Portuguese colony. Though Portuguese is the official language, most of its inhabitants only speak Kweol (a Portuguese creole similar to but not the same as the creole spoken on Cabo Verde) in addition to their native language. Of particular interest to the Foundation here is the Annual Carnival in the capital, the life and culture of the Bijagos islanders, and the griot musical of Gabu, for which see our videos of Jali Makane, and the Grupo Afro-Cultura Patria Amada.