Music from Angola – Bonga Kuenda

Bonga Kuenda, Icon of Angolan music Bonga is on first-name terms with the stars and has given true meaning to the concept (albeit multifaceted) of ‘Africanness’. From Luanda to Rotterdam, Paris to Lisbon, and everywhere else, Bonga belongs to that caste of African singers who have sublimated their roots. His rasping, powerful voice is immediately identifiable and anyone listening to his albums remains entranced from start to finish. With its eighteen tracks, this “Best of” illustrates a fascinating career that spans different periods and continents with the Atlantic Ocean as its connecting thread.

He was born José Adelino Barcelo de Carvalho in Kipri in 1943, but changed his name to Bonga Kuenda when he reached his teens, already showing a keen awareness of the realities of Portuguese colonialism. He learned about music from his father, a fisherman and accordionist, and rapidly grasped its potential impact when linked to the political aspirations of his generation and an inexhaustible melancholic vein. Here is the song “Kambua”

listen too Mulemba Xangola.

 

Music from Angola – Paul G

Paulo George Marques Joao (born March 31) better known by his stage name Paul G, is Angolan urban POP and R&B singer-songwriter, producer and dancer. Began his career as a founding member of Angola‘s first worldly known rap group South Side Posse – SSP alongside Big Nelo, Jeff Brown, and Kudi. Here is the song “Bang it all”

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 “

Find os Meninos do Huambo here and more at myspace

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”

Music from Angola – Bela Chicola

Bela Chicola was born in the province of Bie, in the center of Angola. She sings in Portuguese and Umbundo languages. Her music styles are Semba, Afrobeat, Zouk, Sungura, Rebita, Kizomba and Rumba. Here´s the Song “Pilima Yangue”