Cante Alentejano

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Cante Alentejano is a Portuguese music genre based on vocal music without instrumentation from the Alentejo region. It was inscribed in 2014 in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,[1] one of two Portuguese music traditions, the other being Fado.[2] Its origins come from a similar popular music genre created in the region of Minde by campinos. It is said that the habit of singing without instruments was common in bullherding as a means to coordinate efforts among the campinos.

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  1. ^ "Cante Alentejano, polyphonic singing from Alentejo, southern Portugal". UNESCO. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "Fado, urban popular song of Portugal". UNESCO. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
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