Music from Nigeria – Ibiyemi Ajakaiye

Ibiyemi Ajakaiye is a hearty Soul singer and songwriter who hails from Umorkpa in Kogi state. She discovered her singing talent at a young age but was so shy she insisted on singing backstage in her early years. From joining the church choir and then a band, her confidence built.  Today, she’s a recording and performing Soul artiste. Here is the song “Don’t Leave Me”

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Music from Angola – Davide Zé

David Zé, full name David Gabriel Jose Ferreira (August 23, 1944 – May 27, 1977) was one of the greatest musicians of the Angolan history. Here is the song “Mona Ku Jimbre Manheno “

Music from Angola – Ruy Mingas

Rui Alberto Vieira Dias Rodrigues Mingas (12 de Maio de 1939) well-known as Ruy Mingas, is Angolan vocalist and guitar player, Ruy Mingas is one of his homeland’s most famous musician and performer. Well known and loved in his home country and beyond since the late 50’s, Mingas has long been known as pioneer in African music. Mixing musical elements of his Afro-Portuguese heritage with jazz and latin music. Here is the song “Birin Birin “

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Music from Angola – Sam Mangwana

Sam Mangwana, born February 21, 1945, is Angolan musician, born to a Zimbabwean migrant father and an Angolan mother. He is the frontman of his bands Festival des maquisards and African All Stars.

Mangwana was a member of François Luambo Makiadi’s seminal band TPOK Jazz, and Tabu Ley Rochereau’s bands African Fiesta, African Fiesta National and Afrisa International. Here is the song “Galo Negro”

Music from Angola – Bonga Kwenda

Bonga Kwenda (born José Adelino Barceló de Carvalho, 1943), better known as Bonga, is a folk and semba singer and songwriter from Angola. Bonga was born in the province of Bengo, and left Angola at age 23 to become an athlete, becoming the Portuguese record holder for the 400 metres (Angola was at the time one of Portugal’s five African colonies). He had already begun his singing career at age 15. Here is the song “Mona ki ngi xica”

Music from Angola – Filipe Mukenga

Filipe Mukenga, is an Angolan musician and songwriter born in Luanda in 1949. Mukenga started sing in 1964 influenced by  Beatles. He collaborated with bands like Os Brucutus, Os Indómitos, The Five Kings, The Black Stars, os Rocks, os Electrónicos, os Jovens and Apollo XI.

Performing Semba, Afro-jazz, Kilapanga and afro-fusion, Mukenga make miracle with his music. I hope you enjoy this wonderful melody about peace, unity, fraternity and also against  anger and war: “Angola no Coração” (Angola on my heart).

Music from Angola – Yuri da Cunha

Yuri da Cunha,  is Angolan singer form Sumbe, Kwanza Sul province, performing Semba, Kizomba, Kilapanga and also afro pop and modern African music. Here is the song Kuma Kua Kié

Music from Angola – Pipocas & Descomandada

Pipocas & Descomandada are actor and musicians from Angola. Here is they fusion of traditional Sungura with Kuduro “De Volta a Aldeia” (Back to village)

Music from Angola – Cabo Snoop

Ivo Manuel Lemus, CABO SNOOP, (1990) is Angolan musician performing Kuduro. At home call him nobody. Nobody because his mother had lost three children, and everybody thought that he could die.” Nobody knew if I would die or survive”, but he survived and became 2010 Best Lusophone MTV Africa Music Awards. Here is the song “Windek”