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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Image courtesy Olindomar Studio.

The artists of Luanda’s Olindomar Studio, run by cartoonist brothers Olímpio and Lindomar de Sousa, have “re-imagined” certain classic scenes from American History, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy. The Angola Field Group invites you to an evening of Angolan Art and American History, at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club, this Thursday June 28. David Brooks, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy and a comic book aficionado, will make a presentation using the works of Olindomar Studio to show how diplomatic missions and other entities can work productively with Angolan artists. There will be a slide presentation and discussion of key themes in the art produced as well as a display of the original creations. David Brooks has a PhD in Latin American History and is a dedicated comic book collector. 

Angolan comic book artists are invited to display and sell their works at this special art evening. 

In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic 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 Viking Club, click here. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

Witchdoctor with divining basket in Lunda Sul, from the memoirs of Missionary R.C. Allison.

Feitiçaria, the practice of witchcraft, is a force in Angolan villages but is also very present in urban areas. Although the media tends to focus on child witches, feitiçaria invades all levels of society, from university students to farmers to influential business people. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation “The Power of Witchcraft”, at the Viking Club, Thursday May 24th,at 8:00 PM with Dr. José Evaristo Abias from the Instituto Superior de Teologia in Lubango, Huila. Dr. Abias, a former member of the Conselho da Republica and a role player in the peace process of Angola, will draw on his 27 years of experience as a pastor in the Igreja Evangélica, to explain the culture of witchcraft in Angola. He will try to answer questions such as “Is witchcraft just a myth? Why do people turn to witchcraft? Which social classes are more vulnerable? Is demoniac possession a fact?  Can a person be killed through occult powers? Can a person be sick as a result of witchcraft? How is witchcraft learned or transmitted? Can a person get involved without being harmed? How can one be protected from witchcraft attacks? Can one improve economically helped by spirits? To what extent does the fear of spirits affect people?”

Dr. Abias was born in Kaluquembe, Huila province and has degrees in Theology and Missiology. He was the General Secretary of The União de Igrejas Evangelicas de Angola from 1979-2004, the Chair of the Evangelical Alliance from 1998-2004, the General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance from 2005-2010, a member of COIEPA Comité Inter-Eclesial para Paz em Angola from 1998-2004, a member of Presidium do COIEPA from 2004-2008, and a member of the Conselho da Republica 1991/92. Presently he is a Lecturer at ISTEL Instituto Superior de Teologia no Lubango and a pastor at Igreja Evangélica do Lubango and treasurer of Evangel Fellowship International. He has 5 children aged 20-35.
Dr. Abias says that there is an ancestral belief in the supernatural that leads people to trust in powers beyond material existence. The essence of that belief is based on the existence of a good and supreme entity and the need of mediators through whom normal human beings can access that world. A secular worldview usually sees the issue as just an exotic part of African culture and doesn’t understand the spiritual bondage involved nor how it affects all aspects of a victim’s life.
Everybody is welcome to attend. The talk will be in English. 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. For sale, traditional baskets hand woven in Moxico.  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 the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

Paul Theroux is coming to Luanda! The Angola Field Group invites you to An Evening with Paul Theroux the well known American novelist and travel writer, Thursday 10 November at 8:00 PM. The author of over a dozen novels, six travel books and countless travel articles, Theroux is presently driving through Angola and will talk about his writing, traveling and his impressions of this country. Maybe Angola will be the topic of his next book?! Join us this Thursday for an outstanding opportunity to meet this author, one of the foremost travel writers in the world today.

Everybody is welcome to attend this evening. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, the event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic 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 Predio Maianaga, Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118, across the street from the newest Panela de Barra restaurant.

The American travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux (Waldo, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Mosquito Coast, The White Man’s Burden amongst others) will be giving a presentation to the Angola Field Group on Thursday, November 10 at 8 pm. Details will be posted here soon.

Paul Theroux.