Watercolor of the Bay and Old Port of Luanda, from the book from the book Luandando by Pepetela.

Watercolor of the Bay and Old Port of Luanda, from the book Luandando by Pepetela.

In January 2015, Luanda will celebrate 439 years of existence. Founded in 1576, it is one of the oldest cities established by Europeans in the Southern Hemisphere. Built for Portuguese settlers, Luanda’s main commerce initially focused on slavery. Today expensive development projects have dramatically changed Luanda’s skyline. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation, “Luanda: Landscapes and People”, a historical overview of the city, with Dr. Angela Mingas, Professor of Architecture at Lusíada University, on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:45 PM (note our new starting time) at the Viking Club.

Dr. Angela Mingas is an Architect and Writer as well as a specialist in Anthropology. She obtained her Master’s and Ph.D in Architectural Heritage. She has studied Education, Architecture and Anthropology at various institutions, including the Instituto Técnico Profissional de Educaçao in Angola, Escola de Belas Artes in Lisbon, Universidade Técnica and University of Oporto in Portugal. She is the Founder and coordinator of the School of Architecture and the Centre for the Study of Art, Architecture, Urbanism and Design at Lusíada University and is Director of the Research Center of Architecture at Lusíada University in Luanda. Since it was founded in 2006, she has been the Curator of the Forum of Architecture in Angola. As of 2009, she has worked as a Consultant to the Council of Ministers. 

Angela Mingas, photo courtesy Development Workshop.

Dr. Angela Mingas, photo courtesy Development Workshop.

Dr. Mingas is one of the organizers of Campanha Reviver, a campaign to preserve Luanda’s heritage and as part of this movement, will be organizing a historic City Tour for members of the Angola Field Group. Details available on Thursday.

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 Viking Bar which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant. You can download a map showing the location here on our website: https://angolafieldgroup.com/find-us.

For sale that night, books about Angola, in English and Portuguese.

Photo: www.afropop.org

Photo: Afropop.org

***An update from the organizers: There is an opening of the exhibition today (Thursday, Sept. 4) at the Museum of Anthropology (Coqueiros) at 6pm; Then there is a concert (with Victor’s instruments and a half orchestra) on Friday at Hotel Royal Plaza (Talatona) at 9pm; Then there are a series of workshops in the following week: this Saturday at 1.30pm is a workshop for kids (8yrs and over) and at 3.30pm a “music and technology” workshop.***

On Thursday, September 4th, there will be a presentation at the Anthropological Museum in downtown Luanda by Victor Gama, a renown Angolan musician, composer, instrument designer, and the man who knows the most about music do povo, the people of Angola. The event starts at 1800 hours. The Museum will be launching an installation created by Mr. Gama, of musical  instruments. The event is open to the public as part of Fenacult celebrations. Click here to read Ned Sublette’s interview with Victor Gama, published by Afropop.org.

Come celebrate the true spirit of Christmas, Thursday, December 5th at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club, with ‘Voz dos Anjos’, (The Voice of Angels). Singing a capella and accompanied by the African drum, this choir of 50 young men and women will move you with their joyful sound. Directed by Mestre Jose Mendes, the choir will perform a combo of traditional Christmas songs in English, Portuguese, and local languages of Angola. Their three CD´s, including the latest TUKEMBELELA NZAMBI, will be for sale. 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.

Christmas shopping: Small and large handwoven Tchokwe baskets from Zambezi Women´s Cooperative; Mutti Farm Honey from Moxico; Natural Medicine books; Angolan children´s books; The Huambo Atlas plus other books about Angola in English.

The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga,  Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barro restaurant. For a map, go to our Join Us page here.

A Voz

A Voz dos Anjos (The Voice of Angels)

Mark the date: Get into the true Spirit of Christmas! Thursday, December 05, A Voz dos Anjos (The Voice of Angels), a choir of young Angolan men and women will perform at the Viking Club at 8:00 PM.

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 Viking Bar which opens at 7:30 PM. Coupons must be purchased. You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on our website here.

The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga,  Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barro restaurant.

Luanda's new marginal, construction completed August 2012. Photo

Luanda’s new marginal, construction completed August 2012. Photo courtesy Herman Calis.

The marginal during colonial times. Photo courtesy alvarescabral69-71.blogspot.ca

The marginal during colonial times. Photo credit http://alvarescabral69-71.blogspot.ca

Angola has notched up 12 years of post war reconstruction. Ever wonder what Luanda and Angola were like pre-war?  Back by popular demand, the Angola Field Group invites you to the film A Trip Down Memory Lane with introduction and commentary by Denis Sanche and Kelse Alexandre, members of the Angola Field Group team, on Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club. The film is a nostalgic look back at Angola during colonial times: Bull fights in Luanda… Cotton mills and coffee roasteries…Herds of elephant and buffalo in Quicama Park… Narration is in Portuguese with a sound track featuring a well known Angolan singer of the ‘70s, Raúl Endipwo.

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 Viking Bar which opens at 7:30 PM. Coupons must be purchased.
You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on our Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga,  Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant.

Road from Libolo to Luandos.

Road from Libolo to Luandos.

Spend a weekend in a traditional African Village – September 13, 14, 15. For the past ten years the Angola Field Group has been invited to Festas Populares dos Luandos which takes place in a village located outside the southeast corner of Quicama National Park. It is an annual homecoming for villagers who have migrated to the city. You will celebrate their culture with dance, theatre and other activities. Participants will meet in Catete on Friday at 7:30AM. To get to the village one must continue on the main road southeast to Dondo, about 180 km, and then 30 km south of Dondo at Libolo one must head west and drive off-road for about 60 km. Four-wheel drive vehicle necessary. Estimated arrival time at Luandos is 4:00PM, in time to be welcomed officially with a palm wine ceremony. Saturday morning there is a collective wedding that participants are invited to attend and throughout the day there will be cultural activities.

Experience life in a traditional African village. Photo courtesy Rolly Villanueva.     Experience life in a traditional African village. Photo courtesy Rolly Villanueva.

Experience life in a traditional African village. Photo courtesy Rolly Villanueva.

Fee for participation is 150usd/person for the whole weekend. This includes dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. All local foods are prepared by the Woman’s Cooperative. It also includes accommodation which may be either in a local family’s house, or at Ganga Lodge (still in construction but some parts are finished), or the use of the camp ground for those who have their own tent. There are a few tents available. Whether you camp or stay in a home, the price is the same. Accommodation includes fresh water for bathing. Take your own bedding and mosquito net and extra liquids although water is provided with meals plus 1.5 litre bottle per day. Take lunch and snacks for Friday and for your return trip.

Women's cooperative joins forces to prepare local dishes such as the local kubulu bean dish 4. Baobob trees used to serve as water reservoirs, their location kept secret from other tribes

Women’s cooperative joins forces to prepare local dishes such as the local kubulu bean dish.

Depart for Luanda Sunday, 15th September, after breakfast. To sign up for this trip or if you have further questions, please email Serafim Quintino at: serafimquintino@yahoo.com or phone him at 917-823464.

Baobob trees used to serve as water reservoirs, their location kept secret from other tribes.

Baobob trees used to serve as water reservoirs, their location kept secret from other tribes.

This trip is not organized by the Angola Field Group but it comes highly recommended by previous members who participated.

Feared by the Portuguese who claimed they were headhunters, the Quicama people revered their hunters and buried them on hilltops.

Feared by the Portuguese who claimed they were headhunters, the Quicama people revered their hunters and buried them on hilltops.

Carmina Burana, a free concert June 15 at 8:30 PM at the Catholic church Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, which is located 2 buildings west from the Sonangol head office building on Rua Rainha Ginga. Scroll down to view the church.

Concert
A Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios – Church of Our Lady of Remedies

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