Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis, Distortions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978 (CD)


Various Artists

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Amoeba Review

12/09/2013

This lovingly curated compilation of music from Angola, culled from 1969 to 1978, when music in the region was suppressed by Portuguese measures, brings to light for Western and European audiences vital music that originated in the streets of Luanda. Street musicians competed and learned from each other’s songs, developing a diverse sound influenced by the musics of Cape Verde, Congo, the Dominican Republic and their native Angola. It helps, and is fascinating, to learn the history of the region and its music, aided by Analog Africa’s generous liner notes, but it is not necessary to read up in order to enjoy the music at hand. Os Angos’ “Avanta Juventude” begins the collection invitingly, while “Senhor Doutor” by Quim Manuel follows and gets things moving with warm guitars, easy beat and everyman vocals. Africa Ritmos’ “Agarrem” sounds both jaunty and slightly sinister. Jovens Do Prenda’s guitars sparkle on “Bina” (the guitarwork across the board amazes at every turn), and Carlo Lamartine’s “Bazooka” is a clear highlight, with its pulsating beats and circulating guitars. Though a healthy 20 tracks, Angola Soundtrack 2 is elegantly paced, reserving some of its strongest for the end—stick around for the psychedelia-brushed “Inspiracao De Nito,” by Africa Show, and the shuffling beat, crimson guitars and seductive vocals of Dimba Diangola’s “Despedida.” Not only does the second edition of the Angola Soundtrack series do a service to the overlooked music of Angola, it’s an enthralling listen throughout.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Avante Juventude
Os Angos 03:32
2.
Senhor Doutor
Quim Manuel 03:35
3.
N'hoca
Tony Von 02:56
4.
Kia Lomingo
Urbano De Castro 03:31
5.
Bina
Jovens Do Prenda 04:20
6.
Mabelé
Oscar Neves 02:26
7.
Agarrem
Africa Ritmos 03:06
8.
Saudades De Luanda
Os Kiezos 02:45
9.
Bongololo
Kito 03:23
10.
N'ga Kunu M'butu
Muhongo 02:34
11.
Lemba
Negoleiros Do Ritmo 03:25
12.
Snipes
Dicanzas Do Prenda 04:08
13.
Bazooka
Carlos Lamartine 03:26
14.
Divua Diami
Cisco 03:19
15.
Meca
Levis Vercky 05:06
16.
Chamavo
Elias Dia Kimuezo 03:33
17.
Olha O Pica
Africa Ritmos 03:26
18.
Fatimita
Various Artists 04:00
19.
Inspiraçáo De Nito
Various Artists 03:30
20.
Despedida
Dimba Diangola 05:21
21.
Fuguei Na Escola (Para Jogar a Bola)
Teta Lando 04:01

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