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.




Field Group participant tries his hand at pounding corn. Devegar! (Slower!)

Check out previous Angola Field Group trips to Luandos on our YouTube Channel! Click HERE to go to our YouTube Channel.

The Angola Field Group has been invited once again to participate in the Festa dos Luandos, September 9, 10, and 11. This is a great opportunity to experience firsthand what life is like in an African village. Situated about 5 hours southeast of Luanda,  just outside the borders of Quicama National Park, participants can choose to camp in the woods near the village or stay in a traditional hut with a family. Some of the events you will be part of include thrashing the bean harvest, collecting and tasting freshly tapped palm wine, and participating in the dances of Luandos. There will be a chance for birdwatching also. A fee of $150 usd covers accommodation and meals which will be prepared by the cooperative of local women. 

This is not an Angola Field Group trip. To sign up or for more information call Serafim at 917- 823 464, or email: serafimquintino@yahoo.com.

Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 7th. Departure will be September 9, Friday morning, meeting at the town of Catete at 7:00 AM. Check with Serafim for details. Departure from Luandos to return back to Luanda will be Sunday morning about 8:00 AM.

The people of Luandos are from the Quicama tribe; these are sellers (vendedoras) of the Quicama people.

A morning in the life of Muxima, site of the biggest Christian pilgrimage in Africa where tens of thousands of Angolans go every September to pay homage to  Mama Muxima, the famous statue of Mary which resides in the Church of Our Lady of the Conception. Behind the church is a Portuguese fort built in 1599 to keep watch of commerce and traffic going up and down the Kwanza River. Muxima was the gateway to the interior of Angola and played a role in the slave trade. Muxima is the Kimbundo word for heart. All the photos below are by Susana Borges.

A estrada entre a Muxima e Caboledo, cruzando o parque da Quissama. The road between Muxima and Caboledo, crossing the Quissama National Park.


Ponte mais longa de Angola, no município de Ícolo e Bengo, província do Bengo. Longest bridge in Angola, located in Cabala, Bengo province.

A "vida" acontece em volta do rio Kwanza. Life "happens" around the Kwanza river.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, na Muxima. Church of Our Lady of the Conception, in the town of Muxima.

Children looking down at Kwanza River. 'Blessed are the little children...'

Para o almoço (depois do culto). For lunch (after the church service).

Vista do Rio Kwanza, na Muxima. View of the Kwanza river, from the banks of Muxima.

Cruz oferecida em honra de Paulo Dias de Novais, fundador da cidade de Luanda. Cross erected in honor of Paulo Dias de Novais, founder of the city of Luanda.

O símbolo da flor do lis num canhão no Forte da Muxima. The symbol of a lily flower on a cannon at Muxima Fort.

A bruxaria mistura-se com a devoção Mariana (alguns objectos no chão de uma das guaritas do Forte da Muxima). Witchcraft mixes with Marian devotion. Some objects on the floor of one of the watchtowers of Fort Muxima.

Vela acesa num canto de uma das duas casas no interior do Forte da Muxima. Candle in a corner of one of the two guard posts inside Muxima Fort.

Palavras na base da cruz em frente ao Forte da Muxima. Words on the base of the cross in front of Muxima Fort.

O rio Kwanza e a Igreja da Muxima vistos da base da Cruz. Kwanza River and the Muxima Church seen from the base of the cross.

O Forte da Muxim., The Fort of Muxima.

Chineses a pescar no Kwanza. Chinese fishing in Kwanza River.

Detalhes. Details.

O Forte da Muxima e a Cruz. The Fort of Muxima and the Cross.

Recebendo a benção para os objectos. Receiving the blessing for the objects

African Harrier in the park.



Calling all comic book aficionados and wanna-be ‘banda desenhada creators!
Angola’s comic book industry remains undeveloped despite a big potential market. When it comes to comic books, the USA is the place where they started and remains the reference point for artists wanting to develop this medium. The Angola Field Group invites you to a colorful presentation illustrated with artistic samples: ‘Comic Book Culture, Mothers and Multiculturalism in the United States, 1960-1990’ at the Viking Club, Thursday May 19, at 8:00 PM.

Historian and avid comic book collector David Brookswill show how comic book creators of this era used the medium to promote cultural diversity and teach anti-racism. He will also offer some Jungian musings on the deeper symbols behind the heroes. David will introduce local comic book creator Abraão Eba who will comment on the Angolan comic book scene and has some of his own comic books for sale at the Viking Club. David Brooks, who is Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Angola, has a PhD in Latin American History and is eager to meet Angolans interested in banda desenhada.

New post, June field trip, explore caves in KwanzaSul.  Scroll down for sign-up details.

“Don Fofo: O Morto Vivo” by Abraão Eba and Jadd Santos – one of few local comic books available.


The Contemporary Dance Company of Angola (CDCA) is staging a new production, “The Man Who Cried Tomato Juice Tears” at the downtown historic National Theater, Chá de Caxinde, on April 29 and 30 at 8:30 PM and May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8:30 PM plus May 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 6:30 PM.

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Tickets can be purchased for 2000 kwanzas, at Cha de Caxinde during the week or at the Viking Club bar, Thursday evenings from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. For a map with Viking Bar locations click here. In “The Man Who Cried Tomato Juice Tears”, CDCA returns to the theme of social critique, depicting day to day Angolan characters and their social quirks.

The Elinga Theatre is still in use today.

On June 27, our friends at Campanha Reviver will once again celebrate the city of Luanda with a focus on the historical Elinga Teatro (Theatre). The event will start at 2:00pm at the Largo do Baleizão (opposite Hotel Continental) running until 7:00 pm.
Festivities include:
–          2:00 pm – Opening
–          2:30 pm  – A Guided walking tour and a guided bus tour of the historic town centre

Signing up on the day at the site on a fist come first served basis, from 2pm at the Tours stall.

–          2:45 pm – Capoeira, Bassula, folk dancing from Luanda, theatre, poetry
–          4:45 pm – A Presentation on the Elinga Teatro building by Angela Mingas and Cristina Pinto
–          5:30 pm – Live music by guest musician

–          7 pm – Finishes

Dr. Angela Mingas teaches architecture at Lusiada University.

There will also be: an exhibition; an activity for children for civic awareness of Luanda’s cultural heritage; a handicrafts bazaar and food and drinks stalls.

Take Part! Bring your children and friends and take the opportunity to part of this initiative that promotes the rehabiliation of the historic town of Luanda. Click to download the announcement in Portuguese:

Sandstorms in Sudan – rebels in Burundi – 51 degrees temperature in Ethiopia – elephants blocking traffic – all this up close from the seat of a motorcycle… The Angola Field Group invites you to a slide/talk show this Thursday, March 12, at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club with lawyer-turned-biker Joachim Von Loeben who spent a year traveling by motorcycle from Libya to Namibia along the east coast of Africa. Now, heading home up the west coast of Africa on the last leg of a two year trip around the world by motorcycle, the German adventurer will show slides of the African journey he has already completed, and give some of his impressions of biking through Angola. Visit Joachim’s website Trip Around The World to read more about his adventures.

As with all Angola Field Group presentations, there is no charge, however as he has done around the world, Joachim hopes his slide show will inspire viewers to donate voluntarily to a local project. He has chosen to support Irma Domingas who is a familiar face at the Angola Field Group since she sells handicrafts (including the very popular crocheted hand bags made with re-cycled metal tabs from drink cans) to raise funds for the orphanage and school she has built on the outskirts of Luanda through Saint Isabel’s Children Charity.

Everybody is welcome to attend this presentation which is offered in close cooperation with the Viking Club. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar now opens at 7:30 PM! English language books about Angola will be for sale. 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. To download a map with directions to the Viking Club go to this site’s Join Us page. See you there!