Kinaxixe Square as it appears today. The market has been demolished as well as the Cuca building to make way for a mall with two residential towers.

 Luanda and confusão seem to go hand-in-hand but Angola’s capital city was not always congested with traffic nor did homes hide behind security walls.  Angola Field Group team members Denis Sanches and Kelse Alexandre invite you to catch a glimpse of the Luanda of Yesteryear, this Thursday August 16 at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club. They will introduce and show a video produced in Portugal composed of footage shot mostly in the 1960’s and spliced together in a nostalgic look-back. (Originally titled ‘No Outro Lado do Tempo’). This is not a documentary but a stroll down memory of the colonial times. The narration is in Portuguese and the sound track features one of Angola’s Ouro Negro duo.

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM. If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Club, click here . The Viking Club is on the main floor of the Edificio Maianga at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from a Panela de Barra restaurant.

For sale: Organic Honey and Hand Woven baskets from Moxico. Also Angola natural medicine books and posters, a new children’s color illustrated storybook and a scientific book about the Cuvalei river basin in southern Angola.

Kinaxixe Square as it appeared in the 1960’s with the Kinaxixe market in the background.

During colonial days, this monument to Portuguese World War I heroes dominated Kinaxixe Square. During the civil war it was replaced by an army tank which was removed after peace and a statue of Reina Ginga proudly stood in Kinaxixe square. The Angolan queen was carted off a few years ago when construction began on the shopping centre, a monument to consumerism and prosperity.