Angola Soundtrack 2 by Various

2LP on Analog Africa (AALP075)

A Portuguese civil servant, entrepreneur and Angolan music fan named Luis Montês self-designed “Kutonocas”, Sunday afternoon live music festivals started in Luanda in 1961 and is the basis on which this great compilation is built. 

This compilation is a dedication to the short lived recording industry in Angola, a brief moment of history between 1969 and 1978 in which three recording companies produced approximately 800 records, mostly singles. They are rare jewels, each song with a significant story and feel behind it.

You will hear exciting music blazed with the anticipation of emancipation, tracks fuelled with a sense of unity, community, importance and immediacy.This addictive, outlawed music from Angola shakes and grooves with the smoothness of staccato machine gun fire.

The intimacy of those participating in this musical revolution meant they playfully and professionally wanted to trump each other’s style due to the limited recording and performing opportunities. The optimism of Independence can be heard in these recordings; a common goal between the audience and musicians.

The characteristically generous liner notes feature 44 pages acquired in coordination with the National Library of Luanda and the art magazine “Note E Dia”and Analog Africa head honcho Samy Ben Redjeb has managed to collect newspaper clips, extremely rare pictures of the bands on stage and printed interviews from the 70s.

Tracks:

CD

Avante Juventude – Os Angos / Senhor Doutor – Quim Manuel / H’hoca – Tony Von / Kia Lomingo – Urbano De Castro / Bina – Jovens Do Prenda / Mabele – Oscar Neves / Agarrem – Africa Ritmos / Saudades De Luanda – Os Kiezos / Bongololo – Kito / N’Ga Kuna M’Butu – Muhongo / Lemba – Negoleiros Do Ritmo / Snipes – Dicanzas Do Prenda / Bazooka – Carlo Lamartine / Divua Diami – Cisco / Meca – Levis Vercky’s / Chamavo – Elias Dia Kimuezo / Olha O Pica – Africa Ritmos

LP

LP 1: Avante Juventude – Os Angos / Senhor Doutor – Quim Manuel / N’Hoca – Tony Von / Kia Lomingo – Urbano De Castro / Bina – Jovens Do Prenda / Mabele – Oscar Neves / Agarrem – Africa Ritmos / Saudades De Luanda – Os Kiezos

LP 2: Bongololo – Kito / N’Ga Kuna M’butu – Muhongo / Lemba – Negoleiros Do Ritmo / Snipes – Dicanzas Do Prenda / Bazooka – Carlo Lamartine / Divua Diami – Cisco / Meca – Levis Vercky’s / Chamavo – Elias Dia Kimuezo / Olha O Pica – Africa Ritmos