Angola Ritmo
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Angola Ritmo

Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany | INDIE

Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany | INDIE
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"Angola Soundtrack : The Unique Sound of Luanda 1968-1976"

"This lovingly compiled 18 track offering is guaranteed to stay on my player for the duration of this winter ... We owe Samy Ben Redjeb thanks for pursuing this (ad)venture and one can only hope that it brings reward to Luanda’s musical community and helps heal the isolation of a nation whose deep wounds and scars don’t correspond to the energy, passion and creativity that underpins this evocative soundtrack." Mondomix ***** 5/5 stars

- Mondomix


"CD of the Month: Angola Soundtrack — The Unique Sound of Luanda"

"A perfectly formed compilation that flows from one cracking track to another." Jungle Drums (CD of the Month) - Jungle Drums


"Angola Soundtrack — The Unique Sound of Luanda"

"This music is intensely upbeat and surprisingly multifaceted ... An excellent introduction to Angolan music's golden age." **** Mojo - Mojo


"Angola Soundtrack — The Unique Sound of Luanda"

"Stunning ... Glorious music, captured in its prime and re-presented with style." **** Evening Standard


Analog Africa is one of a handful of labels releasing gems from the golden age of African music — on both CD and vinyl — complete with old photos and artwork. The music of Angola, a former Portuguese colony that became independent in 1975, is far less known than that of South Africa or Congo but it's stunning. The tracks are mainly guitar-led, with an infectious mixture of rumba, surf, Latin and psychedelic ingredients. Most of the bands here are new names even to lovers of African music but no matter. It's about glorious music, captured in its prime and re-presented with style.
SIMON BROUGHTON - The Evening Standard


"Various Artists: Angola Soundtrack – The Unique Sound of Luanda 1968-1976 – review"

"A rousing and intriguing compilation ... well worth checking out." **** The Guardian

The 1960s and 70s were a tough time to be in the Angolan capital, Luanda. The country was continually at war, firstly as the Portuguese colonialists battled against three liberation armies, and then, after independence in 1975, as former freedom fighters turned on each other, with Cuba and the west backing different sides. It was a time of fear and paranoia, and yet, amazingly, this was a golden era for Angolan music. The recordings featured on this rousing and intriguing compilation are mostly unknown outside the African state, and are only available now thanks to the enthusiasm of Samy Ben Redjeb, who specialises in rereleasing classic African vinyl. The tracks are all by guitar bands, with a dash of organ on the final recording. They mix local and Latin rhythms with influences from Angola's northern neighbour, Congo, and echoes of western psychedelia or surf guitar is sometimes added. It's an upbeat, often hypnotic fusion that includes the intertwining guitars of Jovens Do Prenda, the dance music of Os Bongos, the Cuban influences of N'Goma Jazz and the half-declaimed balladry of David Zé, who was killed in 1977, perhaps because the politicians feared his popularity. An obscure release, maybe, but well worth checking out. - The Guardian


Discography

Angola Soundtrack (ANALOG AFRICA - AACD069) in 2010

airplay of almost all tracks of the CD in Germany, the USA, UK, etc.
The CD has won the ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’. Please do not use this information before the 15th of May where it will be anounced officially.

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The idea of this project started to take shape after the release of the compilation "Angola Soundtrack" and the sad observation that such sound had disappeared from the landscape. Speaking to the legendary musicians who we met in Angola in february 2010 we learned that after independence in 1975 too many , commercially more profitable, influences entered the country and the "original" angolan sound was diluted and slowly disappeared.
The founder of Analog Africa (Germany) and the organizers of RASA (Netherlands) agreed to play a part in trying to revive that sound and have contacted two of the best musicians of the country, Boto Trindade from the band os Bongos and Imperial Baiao from the band Jovens do prenda. Those two musicians, loving the idea, contacted other legends and in less then a month an impressive band was formed: Angola Ritmo is the name of the group and consist of these musicians:

- Boto Trindade (lead guitar) of Os Bongos - a man who abandoned his dream of becoming a football player to support his brother's family by earning money as a musician. Boto was the composer and guitarist for "Pachanga Maria" as well as the guitarist for the legendary "Kazucuta."
-His brother Ducio Trindade on rhythm guitar
- Imperial Baiao (2nd lead guitar) of Jovens do Prenda who served as composer and guitarist for "Ilha Virgem" and "Rei do Palhetinho."
- Tulinga on reco reco of the band KIsanguela
- Mamukueno and Elias dia Kimezo (king of Semba) on lead vocals
- Calili on bas Guitar
- Joazinho Morgado and Anamaior on Percussions

(the songs mentioned above have been uploaded for the womex application)

Talking to the musicians above, we could feel a real enthusiasm for the project. These musicians were part of highly talented bands led by extraordinary guitarists who revolutionised the musical and the political panorama of the 60s and 70s. A powerful confluence of traditional rhythms from Luanda’s islands, psychedelic guitar sounds imported from neighbouring Congo, Latin grooves, old school Caribbean merengue and the hard beat of the carnival bands conspired to create the modern music of Angola. This totally addictive music has been compiled, as mentioned above, on Analog Africa's ninth release, "Angola Soundtrack." which has been nominated for the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" in 2011…(please see reviews below).

Unfortunately, the amazing sound of Angola's golden age of music has virtually disappeared, only making shy appearances during the annual carnival in Luanda. To that end, the project put forth here involves the formation of an all-star group of musicians from the 1970s Angolan music scene who will undoubtedly ressurect their country's lost sound and also shed light on the diversity of instruments once heavily used, most of which have become non-existent in contemporary Angolan music. The reco reco or "dikanza" for instance, once a defining instrument of the rich Angolan sound and heard vividly in "Rei do Palhetinho," is rarely used today.

Another special trait of Angolan songs from the 1970s was the guitarists' ability to produce truly unique and psychedelic sounds by manipulating the instrument in a way that one would find difficult to replicate today. Fortunately, the guitarists who would be involved in this project remember their trade secrets and the self-invented fine tuning they mastered. The same brands and models of instruments relied heavily upon during the time period will also be used to create the most authentic and fantastic sound possible.

The initial stage of this project involves travel to the capital Luanda in mid-May to plan and rehearse for a one week tour organised by RASA in October and while these legends are here in Europe, it may as well be an amazing opportunity to present these astonishing musicians to the world of womex.

Angola Soundtrack No.1 on Mondomix 2010 top 20
"On the brink of independence and a protracted civil war, Luanda’s musicians were creating an extraordinarily rich music scene…"
http://www.mondomix.com/news/1071/mondomix-2010-top-20.htm

"A rousing and intriguing compilation ... well worth checking out." **** The Guardian

"Stunning ... Glorious music, captured in its prime and re-presented with style." **** Evening Standard

"This music is intensely upbeat and surprisingly multifaceted ... An excellent introduction to Angolan music's golden age." **** Mojo

"Angola Soundtrack is genuinely essential listening, lifting capital Luanda from relative obscurity into the first rank of African music cities alongside Kinshasa, Lagos and Addis Adeba." The Line Of Best Fit

"Irresistibly hypnotic ... This is a fascinating document that we can only be glad has reached the light of day." The Quietus

"This lovingly compiled 18 track offering is guaranteed to stay on my player for the duration of this winter ... We owe Samy Ben Redjeb thanks for pursuing this (ad)venture and one can only hope that it br