I see many debates or conversations online about passada and I can see that many people don’t actually know the difference between passada and kizomba. In fact, because of this confusion there is a “war” between Caboverdian and Angolan teachers trying to prove that what we call kizomba today was influenced by passada from Cabo Verde. … More Passada vs Kizomba
Semba and kizomba are both family dances where age, size or beauty does not matter. Only the joy of dance. Semba and kizomba are danced everywhere: in homes, clubs, streets, backyards, EVERYWHERE! With mothers, sisters, children, friends and neighbors, with EVERYONE! … More The Truth About Semba & Kizomba
M’bilia Bel (born 1959) is a Rumba/World Music singer from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is known as the “Queen of Congolese and African Rumba”. She rose to fame after being discovered first by Sam Manguana and later by Tabu Ley Rochereau who really helped her to gain confidence, fully control her powerful soprano-voice and to reach to the summit of one of the best Congolese female singers.
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Sam Fan Thomas (born 1952, Bafoussam) is a Cameroonian musician associated with Makossa. He began in the late 1960s and had his first hit with “Rikiatou”. His African Typic Collection was an international hit in 1984 and is perhaps his best known album. … More Music Culture Wednesday Vol. 13
For many the mother of Afro-house, Brenda Nokuzola Fassie (3 November 1964 – 9 May 2004) was a South African anti-apartheid Afro-pop singer. … More Music Culture Wednesdays Vol. 12
“Roger is probably one of the best voices in Africa but unfortunately, because he sings the criollo of Cape Verde (resulting from his career essentially in Holland), he has been increasingly appropriate and considered a Caboverdeano singer and not a Guinean Grand Musician. We have a duty to get our Roger back.” … More Music Culture Wednesdays Vol. 11
This week let’s shift the focus to Haiti because this artist is very well known and appreciated by the PALOP community.
Cavé was born to Haitian parents and spent most of his adolescent years in Haiti. … More Music Culture Wednesdays Vol. 10
Tabanka was a group formed in 1986 by brothers Micas, Zé Carlos and Juvenal Cabral along with Aguinaldo de Pina and Rui Silva. Two years later in 1988 Tabanka Djaz was formed and after a tour in the U.S. they decided to record their first album, Homónimo, released in January 1990. … More Music Culture Wednesdays Vol. 9
Carlos Burity was born in Luanda in 1952 and lived part of his life in Moxico where he joined the pop-rock group called “Cinco Mais Um” in 1968 with Catarino Bárber and José Agostinho “Missamo”. … More Music Culture Wednesdays Vol.8
This week’s Music Culture Wednesday is a special edition rolling out a series of “Greatest Hits” playlists. … More Music Culture Wednesdays Vol.7