Music Culture Wednesdays Vol.5

Every Wednesday I will be introducing great kizomba artists from the PALOP community that usually don’t receive 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, amongst PALOPS, regardless if the artists or bands are from Guiné-Bissau, Cabo-Verde, São Tomé and Prince, Mozambique or even the Congo (which is not a PALOP country).

Let’s jump to São Tomé again but now with a singer that unfortunately died in 2005.  His real name is Domingos Lopes Gomes but the PALOP community knows him as CAMILO DOMINGOS.

Camilo Domingos is from São Tomé but his parents are from Caboverde, his first album “Morena” was in 1991.  There isn’t much information about him online, but in the 90s he was a very respected singer with great quality songs. Camilo had 11 albums during his career and most of his songs are classics for the PALOP community.


Kizomba: Porque é que é Assim

Kizomba: Maninho My Love

Kizomba: Nha Vida É Tchora

Kizomba: Se é Verdade

Kizomba: Doce Vita

Puita (Traditional music and dance from São Tomé and Prince): Cuá Telá

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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