Music Culture Wednesdays Vol.2

Every Wednesday I will be introducing great kizomba singers from PALOP communities that usually don’t have the recognition they deserve.

Kizomba music comes from all over the PALOP community, not just Angola. All mixes between zouk and Afro rhythms (not to be confused with Afro-house) are normally called kizomba, regardless if the artists or bands are from Guinea-Bissau, Cabo-Verde, São Tomé and Prince, Mozambique or even the Congo (which is not a PALOP country).
This week I chose Livongh from Angola, another artist that is difficult to find information about online. Miguel Gervásio Livongh is his real name and he was actually a producer before he became a singer, having his first solo album “Meu Mundo” in December 2012. Unfortunately he does not have his album on iTunes or Spotify.

Many people will know the song Colasemba which is in fact what the name of the song indicates, a mix between coladera and semba. I believe discovering some of his songs will be an enjoyable journey for you.
I particularly love the song Mama me acode which means “help me mum.”

I’m wishing you all an amazing day, especially after the Elections.

Coladera and semba mix:


Semba with the great Irmaos Almeida:

Kizomba with Perola:






NOTE: PALOP – Portuguese-speaking African countries, also referred to as Lusophone Africa, consists of six African countries in which the Portuguese language is an official language: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe. Besides having a common language, the five former colonies of the Portuguese Empire share a strong “cultural identity, a similar system of governance and a long tradition of contacts and exchanges amongst themselves”. In 1992, the five Lusophone African countries formed an interstate organization called PALOP, a colloquial acronym that translates to African Countries of Portuguese Official Language (In Portuguese: Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa). The PALOP countries signed official agreements with Portugal, the European Union and the United Nations, and they work together to promote the development of culture and education and the preservation of the Portuguese language. Together with Portugal and Brazil in 1996, the Portuguese-speaking African countries established the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Portuguese: Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa, abbreviated to CPLP).

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