Like most African countries, São Tomé and
Príncipe can showcase a rich visual art in the form of
wood sculptures, carved masks and the like. But music is
the most important cultural expression.
The music can be described as a mixture of Latin and
African music, similar to that found in Cape Verde. The
most popular vocalist, Gilberto Gil Umbelina, has held
concerts in many parts of the world, and has lived
abroad for half his life, mostly in Portugal.
Latest population statistics of Sao Tome and Principe, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
Theater is a popular public amusement and there are
several theater companies that regularly tour the
islands. When it comes to literature, poets such as
Francisco Tenreiro (1921–1963) and Alda do Espiritu
Santo (1926–2010) have made the most sense.
China promises aid
Prime Minister Trovoada visits Beijing and returns with Chinese promises of $
150 million in aid over a five-year period.
Cooperation with Rwanda
São Tomé and Príncipe sign a number of cooperation agreements with Rwanda,
including tourism, fishing, agriculture and trade. The countries also agree to
abolish the visa requirement among themselves.
Agricultural aid from the EU
São Tomé signs an agreement with the EU on support for the country's
agriculture. The purpose is to increase the production of cocoa, coffee and