Tcheka, a touring musician from Cape Verde, will play an intimate concert at Open Space for Arts & Community on Saturday, Feb. 9 (Courtesy Photo).

Tcheka, a touring musician from Cape Verde, will play an intimate concert at Open Space for Arts & Community on Saturday, Feb. 9 (Courtesy Photo).

From one island to another: Tcheka plays Vashon

The Cape Verdean musician will play Open Space for Arts Community this Saturday.

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 2:08pm
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Tcheka, an international touring artist from Cape Verde, an island nation off the northwest coast of Africa, will play an intimate concert with doors opening at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Open Space for Arts & Community.

Tcheka’s music references the Cape Verdean genres of batuku, funaná, finason, tabanka, morna and coladera, and also is influenced by Caribbean, Brazilian and African music.

The concert is a presentation of Jacob Bain, of the celebrated island bands Trolls Cottage and Publish the Quest, and Vashon Events, run by islanders Allison Shirk and Pete Welch.

In a press release, Shirk described Tcheka’s music as an amalgamation of folk, jazz, blues, rock, literature and anthropology that presented “a vision of what it means to be Creole in the age of globalization … to be a hybrid product of the historical forces of slavery, colonialism and national independence.”

In 2017, Vashon Events and Bain hosted Tcheka at a concert at the Vashon High School theater, and in 2018, Bain, Welch and Shirk traveled to visit Tcheka at his current home in Portugal.

“We broke bread, jammed together and spent time getting to know this incredibly talented and soulful artist,” Shirk said, adding that Tcheka’s vocals and guitar work combine to create “the kind of music that makes you lean in and hold your breath.”

Tickets to the show are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door, if any are left for the performance. The show will take place in Open Space’s Bruce Black Box Theater, which only seats 100. Buy tickets and find out more at

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