Why Madonna Brought 14 Cape Verdean Drummers on Tour – And What They Taught Her

Ricardo Gomes Madonna onstage with Batukadeiras Orquesta in Brooklyn in 2019. In 2017, Madonna thought she was moving to Portugal to “be a soccer mom,” but instead, the 61-year-old icon found inspiration for her then-upcoming album, Madame X, thanks to a friend she calls her “musical plug,” Dino d’Santiago. One night, the Cape Verde-born, Lisbon-based singer —…