SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: ANGOLA

Written by on 22/02/2021

Welcome to the Special Delivery Show Blog! This is where we will be providing insight into the world of music and culture from the motherland of Africa!

We have added a new segment to our show titled SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY OF THE WEEK where each week, we choose a country in Africa, find out a little bit about them and their musical culture, and of course we play music from that country as our way of paying homage to them.

Our SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY this week is ANGOLA!

Angola is a country in the west coast of Southern Africa. It is the second largest lusophone (Portugese-speaking) country in both total area and population (behind Brazil), and is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordered by Namibia to the south, DR Congo to the north and Zambia to the east and Atlantic Ocean to the west. The capital and largest city is Luanda.

That music of Angola has been shaped both by wider musical trends and by the political history of the country. While Angolan music has also influences the music of the other Lusophone countries. The music of Angola was instrumental in creating and reinforcing angolanidade, the Angolan national identity. Luanda is home to a diverse group of styles including kilapandasembakizomba and kuduro. Just off the coast of Luanda is Ilha do Cabo, home to an accordion and harmonica-based style of music called rebita.

Here’s a few tracks played on the show as our way of paying homage to Angola:

Bonga Bonga – Mariquinha

Irmãos Almeida – Ngapa

Bruno M – Txubila

SSP – Canta Comigo

Irmãos Verdade – Amar te assim

Make sure you tune in to the Special Delivery Show, every Monday 7-9pm to find out which country we will feature as our Spotlight Country of the week.

 

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