I came to the music
is my life - an artist’s life, theatre, music, painting. I
never went to university but I learned in a big college -
the street. Just see, look, hear. It’s a big faculty, the
university of life. I play bongo, agogo, bells, marimba. When
you get two or three instruments you can play every instrument.
I sing soul music, I sing every style but especially I write
dub poetry. The drum is special because all music comes from
the drum. I know about rhythms. In my country you can listen
to every kind of music. Angola is a free place for music.
Traditional music has a special style. I want to be a top
musician. I believe God will light my way.
Some places have a special carnival. Carnival is a free party.
People celebrate the day when we got independence.
is a popular festival because the rhythm is used in the Caribbean,
used in Angola, used in Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania,
everywhere in Africa. People come outside to celebrate.
it’s important when people celebrate together. You can enjoy
yourself. The Ngoma drumming group meets at the Y Theatre
it’s good, now I have too much friends. I don’t have family,
no contact. In Jubilee weekend, holiday, we played in town
in the group Ngoma. People feel happy because it’s a good
rhythm - traditional rhythm - black and white.
Music in my country is specially about the social situation.
My poem - I have tears in my eyes. Miss mother, miss the love
I lost. Sometimes I want to cry. I don’t know why in Angola
now is big situation.
people like me have no legs or have lost lives because of
the situation. It’s trouble. For me, it’s very bad. I can’t
talk about it. Young are dead because there is no food, people
are dead like insects.
local musicians seeking sanctuary.