Film trilogy of popular Angolan music by Angolan filmmaker Jorge Antonio now being shown in at the Indie Lisboa film festival in Lisbon, Portugal, running from April 27 and April 30th.
October 15, 2008
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On Thursday October 23, filmmaker Jorge Antonio will present his second film from a triptych of documentaries about Angolan music, Kuduro, Fogo No Museke*.
It’s all about the latest and only ‘made-in-Luanda’ music that grew out of the musseques*, the crowded neighborhoods that sprung up during the war where cement block houses stand wall to wall, bursting with kids and restless youth – the new generation of Angola. The novo urban beat driving kurduro sounds like rap but is said to be a mixture of kizomba and techno, complete with its own dance movements. Kuduro is controversial and dynamic and has even been dubbed as the up-and -coming, hip new music on the international music scene.
Join us and see for yourself the hot vibes coming out of Luanda. DVD’s just off the press will be available for 1500 kwanzas each. Although the film is in Portuguese (no English subtitles), the energy of kuduro hits you, no need to translate.
Jorge Antonio will join us for this screening. He spends his time between Lisbon and Luanda where he consults for Angola’s Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia Institute. The Angola Field Group has shown Jorge’s documentary Angola, Historias da Musica Popular and we look forward to his third in this series and soon to be released film, “O Lendario “Tio Liceu” e os N’gola Ritmos”. If you can’t make it to the Angola Field Group presentation on October 23rd, you can catch this film at the 6th Annual Lisbon Indie Film Festival 2009 running April 23 to May 03, 2009.
*kuduru literally means hard ass
*fogo literally means fire
*musseque or museke – in some places called shantytowns, favelas, or ghettos but in Angola it’s the musseque
In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this presentation is offered free of charge. If you would like to download a map (145kb) showing the location of the Viking Club, please visit the Join Us page. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are sold at the bar. Drink coupons are available for $10.00 AND $20.00 or the equivalent in kwanzas. See you there!
March 22, 2008
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Over 150 people attended our March 13 presentation: a screening of Angola – A History of Popular Music, an award winning documentary by Jorge Antonio. Jorge presented the film and received a spontaneous and sustained burst of applause by the film’s appreciative audience.
This 50 minute documentary takes us from the conception of Angolan popular music back in the late 40s with Liceu Vieira Dias and the Ngola Ritmos, right up to the present day with rap artist Dog Murra and Angola’s own unique electronic beat, Kuduru. The voices and sounds of the nation’s most influential musicians play against the back drop of a country striving for independence.
Jorge António is based in Portugal and Angola but works worldwide as a producer and director in cinema, television and advertising and is an advisor for the Angolan Institute of Cinema. You can puchase his feature film “O Miradouro da Lua” as well as his documentary on dance in Angola, “Outras Frases“ at the next AFG event. The film is in Portuguese with English subtitles.