Music Culture Wednesdays Vol.8

Every Wednesday I will be introducing great kizomba artists from the PALOP community that usually don’t receive the recognition they deserve.

Kizomba music comes from all over the PALOP community, not just Angola. All mixes between zouk and Afro rhythms (not to be confused with Afro-house) are normally called kizomba, amongst PALOPS, regardless if the artists or bands are from Guiné-Bissau, Cabo-Verde, São Tomé and Prince, Mozambique or even the Congo (which is not a PALOP country).

Carlos Burity was born in Luanda in 1952 and lived part of his  life in Moxico where he joined the pop-rock group called “Cinco Mais Um” in 1968 with Catarino Bárber and José Agostinho “Missamo”.  In that group he sang songs from the Italian singer Giani Mirandi and the Brazilian singer Teixeirinha, an experience that greatly contributed to his discipline and vocal styling. He initially joined the group only as a hobby and to be able to party on a regular basis but as time passed he began to enjoy singing and ended up becoming one, as he himself confesses. He actually started  playing instruments like guitars (something he used to do around family and friends) and drums  before he tried to be a singer.
Carlos liked to mix African rhythms with western rhythms.  He tried to mix the traditional instruments of semba with violin or included rhythms of pop-music, funk and hip hop on his album called “Uanga”.  According to Carlos his intention was to “enhance semba” on that album.
As one of the great talents of Angolan popular music, Carlos claims to be aware of the specific problems of his time, which is why he has sought to take the “heavy responsibility” of contributing to the evolution of music in his country.  Over the 39 years of his career Carlos Burity has seven singles and six albums. According to critics his work has contributed greatly to the sound of semba today.
My music picks:
Semba Cadenciado –Tia Joaquina
Semba – Malalanza
Semba – Ojala Yeya
Semba – Mucagiami
Semba – Ilha de Luanda
Semba – Tona Cashi
Semba – Paxi Yami

NOTE: PALOP – Portuguese-speaking African countries, also referred to as Lusophone Africa, consists of six African countries in which the Portuguese language is an official language: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe. Besides having a common language, the five former colonies of the Portuguese Empire share a strong “cultural identity, a similar system of governance and a long tradition of contacts and exchanges amongst themselves”. In 1992, the five Lusophone African countries formed an interstate organization called PALOP, a colloquial acronym that translates to African Countries of Portuguese Official Language (In Portuguese: Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa). The PALOP countries signed official agreements with Portugal, the European Union and the United Nations, and they work together to promote the development of culture and education and the preservation of the Portuguese language. Together with Portugal and Brazil in 1996, the Portuguese-speaking African countries established the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Portuguese: Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa, abbreviated to CPLP).

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