Luanda Angola Music
An important influence on the album is the Angolan semba, a quieter coastal pulse that emerged long before independence from the Portuguese colonial system and is still very popular with modern Angolan musicians. Latin influences from Cuba and Brazil, Angola's contemporary music is combined with a mixture of traditional music, dance music and electronic music. Bonga is able to break through the physical musical boundaries with songs and music that appeal to the majority. We arrive at an electro-traditional sound that integrates photography, videos, carnival and politics into a huge range of dance music.
This characteristic makes semba one of the most popular forms of dance music in Angola, and it is not uncommon to encounter music from Angola with a strong influence from Cuba, Brazil and Latin America. This music is the heart and soul of Angola and of great importance for the Angolan lifestyle. You hear them everywhere, from street parties to weddings, funerals and anything used as an excuse to party. The most famous song on the album, "Bonga," is a song by Filipe Mukenga Mushima about the life of a young woman in the midst of her love affair with her boyfriend.
The song is composed of Angola's colonial musical heritage, which reveals a specific and common past that needs to be made clear and discussed from a postcolonial, decolonial and anthropological perspective. To better understand the complexity of colonial rule in Lunda, which brought about the transformation of African culture and folklore, it is important to know more about the history of music in Angola, especially diamond dance and semba music, as well as the cultural and historical context of this music.
The Namib desert stretches off Lunda, the capital of Angola, in the north-east of the country with a population of about 1.5 million people.
The song is widely used in Angola, but also in other parts of Africa and the world. It consists of a series of songs, each of which was brought along to bring cultural and musical elements to the miscellany of traditional Angolan music.
Portuguese colonialism did not reach the borders of what is now Angola until the beginning of the 20th century. In the years after colonialism ended, Luanda was controlled by the People's Liberation Movement of Angola, which received military support from the Soviet Union and Cuba. American weapons, carried by American weapons and supported by troops from apartheid South Africa, the interior was the site of a guerrilla movement. The plan was slowly implemented, but in 1975 the area became the centre of an armed struggle between the Portuguese Communist Party and the National Liberation Front (FRELIMO).
At that time, they sang in their mother tongue, used national rhythms and produced music with messages calling for Angolan nationalism.
Although animism is still practiced in some parts of Angola, such practices have almost completely ground to a halt in recent years. Rap and hip-hop music, on the other hand, are still part of the underground DIY culture in Angola's Kuduro scene. Various new Semba artists have emerged, paying homage to the old semba masters who still perform. This blend of Portuguese and African culture makes for an eclectic mix of different musical styles, from traditional music to hip hop and rap.
Other popular Angolan musicians include Jose Carlos Dominguez, the singer-songwriter, and Sam Mangwana, who is of dual descent - Congolese and Angolan. And finally, there are the chanteuses, who are at home in the Kuduro scene of Angola and sing songs about the history, culture and culture of the country in the past and present.
Kimbundu, which means "voice" and is one of the songs nominated for the Vivalda Award, was also nominated by StarAfrica Sound as the Best Song of the Year 2016 at the Angolan Music Awards and for Best Song in Africa.
The Njembo Erose consists of a beeswax resonator antelope horn, an instrument that is restricted to the Herrero group area in southwest Angola. The aerophones include a kind of horn, which was taken from the Kikongo, and a musical bow, which sounds like a pumpkin, is also remarkable.
Ndaka Yo Wini is a group of musicians who mix the ancient rhythms of south-central Angola with the textures of jazz, soul, funk and blues.
Angola prides itself on its original Caranaval, which fuses foreign 4 / 4 bars with zouk, soca and semba to arrive at what is now called kuduro. In 2006 Vivalda took part in the South African Music Festival in Johannesburg, where she represented Angola for the first time at the World Music Awards in South Africa. Dancers from Luanda immersed themselves in the tradition of dancing to Afro-beat music to create a line dance choreography to a song from "Johannesburg." The song was made so popular by Senor Don Omar Lucenzo during his visit to Angola in the late 1970s and early 1980s.