Cape Verdeans transform rough Lisbon neighbourhood.

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Cape Verde, Africa's lusophone island situated off the Senegalese coast, has been making a lively contribution to its former colonial master Portugal, with immigrants transforming one of the capital Lisbon's most impoverished areas.

Long considered a no-go area by Lisbon residents, Cova da Moura is a warren of small streets where Cape Verdeans make up two-thirds of the 6,000 residents.

As the residents have begun to share their culture through Cape Verde-inspired music, food and street art, the previously run-down quarter is now attracting tourists.

"Sometimes the only thing people know about Cova da Moura is the negative side," said Paulo Cabral, 36, who was born locally to Cape Verdean parents. "But that isn't the whole truth."

Cabral, who now organises tours around his local...

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