Wednesday, June 21, at 20:00, singer/guitarist Teofilo Chanter, who composed some of diva Cesaria Evora’s greatest hits, is coming to the Angola Room on the second floor of the Epic Sana Hotel. The Cape Verdean musician will be accompanied by a four piece ensemble. The concert evening will be kicked off by Luanda’s own Banda Maravilha. The six-member group has been around since 1993 and will feature their innovation of Angola’s famous Semba music.

Tickets are on sale at the office of Alliance Française or at the website:
General public: 2500.00 AKZ
Students and seniors over 60: 1500.00 AKZ
The concert is brought to you by Alliance Française in partnership with Air France.

Banda Maravilha, photo Alliance Française

Teofilo Chantre, photo Alliance Française



Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas, Thursday December 11th, 7:30 PM, with Goshen, a group of eleven lively guys who sing Gospel Music with Neo Soul and Jazz influences, and touches of African music.

Goshen refers to the fertile land given to the Israelites when they moved to Egypt to escape famine (Genesis 45:10). Like the Biblical Goshen, the group wants their music to be as a green pasture refreshing lost and broken souls. “We want to bless the Lord and his people with our music.” Music will be in English, Portuguese, and local languages. Everybody is invited to attend this free performance at the Viking Club (click here for location details).

Christmas Shopping from Angola: woven hand bags from Moxico, bamboo stools from Lunda Norte, Huambo Dolls, honey from the Zambezi Valley, African print bags and pot holders sewn in Lubango, natural medicine from Bie. And of course books about Angola including children’s books.

Dates to mark on your calendar:

Thursday November 27 Presentation, 7:30 PM: Importance and Challenges of Rural Development in Angola with Carlos Figueiredo, Country Director in Angola of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), a foundation working for Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (Fundo Soberano de Angola – FSDEA). The foundation identifies impact social projects working with water, health, alternative energy, rural economic development and education.

THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED -> Thursday December 4th Presentation, 7:30 PM: the Swedish Embassy invites you to a presentation on Swedish crime literature with Gunilla Winberg, including comparisons with Angolan writer Pepetela’s novels about Jaime Bunda (Angola’s James Bond).

Thursday December 11th Presentation, 7:30 PM: Get into the True Spirit of Christmas with Goshen, a dynamic group of Luandan gospel singers who will bring us their rendition of Christmas tunes.

All presentations take place at the Viking Club, more details to come soon.



***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

This Saturday December 14, 2013 all are invited to a coral music concert, accompanied by piano, violin, clarinet, percussion and flute music, all performed by Total staff. The concert will take place at Igreja da Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (Rua Rainha Ginga) in Luanda starting at 20h30.

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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.

In October 2008 the Angola Field Group invited Tony Amado and his crew to give a live demonstration of kuduro. Here’s the video from that night on our YouTube Channel!

Kuduru, the ‘made-in Angola’ electronic music and dance style, has attracted world-wide attention and affected angolanidade, the national Angolan identity. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation “Mais carga! Kuduro music and dance”, at the Viking Club on Thursday, September 8th at 8:00 PM. Our guest presenter, Stefanie Alisch who is a DJ and musicologist from Berlin, will explore the history and function of kuduro illustrated with audio-visual material gathered during her field research in Luanda. Stefanie currently works as research assistant at the music archive of Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuthin Germany. As a PhD candidate of the Bayreuth International Graduate Schol of African Studies she researches on kuduro. For more information visit

This event is organized by the Angola Field Group under the auspices of the Viking Club, the oldest recognized voluntary association of expatriates and Angolans in Luanda. Founded in 1991 in the Maianga building by Swedish/Nordic citizens in Angola, its purpose is to promote social and cultural exchange. As a properly constituted association, the Viking Club is enabled to serve refreshments and alcoholic beverages on its premises to its members and guests. While entry for guests is free, they are invited to apply for membership.

You are welcome to attend the presentation which will be in English. 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. Angolan books and comics for sale and baskets from Moxico. 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 new Panela de Barra restaurant.

Please note:
The Angola Field Group has been invited to enjoy a weekend away in the village of Luandos, Sept 9th to 11th. Scroll down for details.

We’re having a Special Guest Star appearance at our film presentation of “Kuduro, Fogo no Musseke“ on October 23! Tony Amado, the ’Kuduro King’ who started the made-in-Angola movement, will be our special guest and will give a live demonstration of Kuduru moves and sound. And you can buy one of his personally autographed CDs priced at 1000 kwanzas each. Jorge Antonio, the filmmaker behind “Kuduro, Fogo no Musseke“, will also be joining us— check out the post below for full details about this presentation.

Filmmaker Jorge Antonio directs Tony Amado while filming "Kuduru, Fogo no Musseke

Filmmaker Jorge Antonio directs Tony Amado while filming "Kuduro, Fogo no Musseke". Photo: Instituto Angolano de Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimdedia.

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.