Friday, August 5, 2011

Teta Lando - Menina de Angola (1990)

I've been listening to Angolan music a lot lately, and I devoted my radio show to it this week. Unfortunately I did not have this record available yet, for it has several tasty songs. Teta Lando was an important figure in Angolan music history who caused national mourning when he died in 2008. His long career included activism and leadership of the National Musicians and Composers Union.

This album swings between semba and a couple of slower songs full of suadade. It's interesting how influential Portuguese fado was in that country's African colonies. While the guitars and percussion are nice throughout, and the keyboards are mostly tasteful, it is Teta Lando's expressive singing that hooks you in this relatively short recording.


mela.... said...

Muito obrigado.

Rhythm Connection said...

Con mucho gusto, mela.

Apurva Bahadur said...

Downloaded this album only today - great stuff! Many thanks for sharing. Apurva from Pune, India

Toni K said...

Dude, I just grabbed, like, 30 albums from your blog; you're a fucking hero for putting up all of this incredible stuff, not restricted by genre, time or place. Thanks a million.