Members of Simentera come from many walks of life. Not only are they accomplished musicians, they also work in a variety of professions including law, architecture, engineering, medicine, and others. They are one of the few Cape Verdean groups committed to remaining in their country. This may sound like an odd distinction, but the forces they are up against are enormous. Cape Verde was one of the last African nation to gain independence from European colonial powers - a factor that has contributed to an enthusiastic national identity.