Angola Soundtrack: Special Sounds From Luanda 1968-1976 [VINYL]
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On its ninth release Analog Africa unearths musical gems from Angola, the former Portuguese colony in south central Africa. The compilation "Angola Soundtrack" includes tracks from 1968 - 1976, arguably the golden era of Angolan music, and all on a 2LP format. WARNING: Listening to these tracks may cause addiction and provoke heavy rotation.
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funk flavored stuff from previous compilations. A lot of the phattest
grooves on it are driven by sweet and recursive guitar licks.
Standouts from Jovends De Prendo("Ilha Virgem" is a supercool, breezy
instrumental), Santos Junior, Alliace Makaiadi("Passeio por Luanda",
an amazing fat latin shuffle that goes funky midway), Quim Manuel O
Espirito Santo's magnificent "Eme Lulu" and Africa Show's closing
blues "Massanga Mama".
An upbeat and sometimes hypnotic fusion, that comes with another great
booklet about the record hunt, music styles and musicians.
Sadly many of these important examples remained inaccessible to wider audiences due to repressive colonial isolation, violent postcolonial politics and a lack of interest in anything 'cultural'. But a now peaceful Angola will no doubt become a new gold mine for 'world music' aficionados. Awaiting you is an extraordinary blend of Caribbean, Latin and local influences: merengue, semba, kazukuta and more, all with the classic vintage sound of old favourites, yet with a refreshing twist. Furthermore - as the insert notes will show you - these tracks have been painstakingly compiled with great sensitivity, hard work and above all, a genuinely real interest.
However, the tragic irony of this 'golden age' of Angolan music is also laid bare. What was firstly contained and carefully fostered by the colonial authorities soon became the sound of an independence movement that eventually consumed itself, dragging everyone - music and all - into the depths of a civil war that ended less than a decade ago. If this music was meaningful enough to be silenced, it deserves to be listened to again and again.