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Nothing wakes me up quite like this DJ ADEMAR “Afro-House Mix”.

An infectious blend of Angolan kudoro, Central African soukous and Afro-house music from Lusophone Africa.

New Music: Ay ft Titica - Pelos Menos 50.

Two seriously talented and incredibly gorgeous Angolan women team up for this kilapanga song that, from the look of the video, addresses society’s obsession with superficiality, beauty and the inconsiderate worship of the self - from skin bleaching to steroids.

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"Euphoria of two young men as they meet and greet each other"

Taken by Ambroise Ngayimoko, Angolan-born DRC photographer, in 1972.


[ Travel Etiquette Luanda, Angola ]

Additional photos from our trip.

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"The Great Italian Nude" by Angolan photographer Kiluanji Kia Henda

Angolan artist Paulo Kapela's large scrapbook-like mixed media installation creates a historical mosaic of Angolan history, in particular that of its capital city Luanda, with a highly charged sociopolitical narrative that also has the intimacy of a personal journal or diary.

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

Reading about one of Africa’s best documented 17th-century rulers, and one of the the world’s most controversial queens, I am both in awe and slightly disturbed at the magnitude of her power and the ways in which she displayed and demonstrated it.

Ruling of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms in what is today known as Angola, in southern Africa, Queen Nzinga Mbanda (aka Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande) fought fiercely over her territory against encroaching colonial Portuguese forces at a time when the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade was destroying much of the Western coast of the African continent.

Many sources cite Queen Nzinga as a strong military strategist, a trait that probably stems from her upbringing where she spent much of her youth accompanying her father, a warrior named Ndambi Kiluanji who was the ‘ngola’ (king) of the Ndongo in the mid-1500s, during times of war. Her father had led the Ndongo people to war against Portuguese forces in rebellion, at a time when other neighbouring peoples were making deals with the Portuguese. Queen Nzinga’s mother, Kangela, was her father’s second wife and a captive from another ethnic group.

Following her father’s death, her older brother, Mbandi, and son of her father’s first wife became king some time in the early 1620s. In 1622, King Mbandi sent his younger sister on a diplomatic mission to see Portuguese governor Joao Corria de Sousa with whom she was to find an agreement on a way to end the fighting between the Ndongo and the Portuguese forces. It was during this meeting that one of the most iconic moments (as seen in the top drawing imagined and re-created by Italian priest Cavazzi) is recorded. Upon her arrival, de Sousa offered Nzinga a mat on which to sit on, which she refused. Instead, she instructed a servant to offer his back to her as a seat in order for her to sit level with the governor. Despite not wanting to agree to the terms laid out by the Portuguese, because of the odds her people faced, Nzinga reluctantly agreed to adopt Christianity and was baptised Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande with the Portuguese colonial governor and his wife as her godparents, opening up trade between her people and the Portuguese, urging her brother to do the same. Her brother, on the other hand, was not able to handle the mounting pressures of the Portuguese forces with the same defiant attitudes of his sister and, after the Portuguese did not adhere to the terms of the treaty, tragically committed suicide as he was convinced that he would never recover what was lost during the war. The Portuguese, in order to legitimize Nzinga’s succession to the throne, maintained that she had poisoned her brother.

During her reign, Queen Nzinga would eventually be forced to save her people from further tragedy by creating alliances with the Portuguese, who eventually betrayed her by not adhering to the treaty they had signed with her, forcing Queen Nzinga to flee to the neighbouring Matamba Kingdom when fighting once again broke out. Once there, Nzinga captured the Queen of Matamba and used her army to fight on behalf of the Ndongo’s.

To further build up her military capacity, Queen Nzinga offered sanctuary to any runaway slaves and Portuguese-trained African soldiers, laying a foundation for an ideology that many of us today refer to as Pan-Africanism. More out of necessity than anything else, Nzinga also reached out to the Dutch and formed an alliance with them against the Portuguese. However, despite her efforts this was not enough to drive the Portuguese out of the area as they had won over many neighbouring African groups in the area.

Whilst unable to completely drive the Portuguese out of the area as she had intended, Queen Nzinga’s defiant attitude and spirit of resistance remained long-reigned over her people and was a source of constant inspiration as even after her death in 1661 at age 81, her people continued to resist efforts by the Portuguese to integrate them into the colony of Angola. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that the Portuguese became successful in integrating the joined Ndongo and Matamba kingdoms into Angola.

Where Nzinga’s life gets interested, and rather complicated, is in the reports that say that she “immolated her lovers” who were often part of a large all-men harem. According to History of Zangua, Queen of Angola
and the Marquis de Sade’s Philosophy in the Budoir, Nzinga is said to have made her lovers fight to the death in order to spend the night with her and, after a single night with her, would put them to death. She is said to have also made them dress in women’s clothing. Whether this is true or is simply a fantasy of some sort concocted by European sources is something that remains somewhat of a mystery.

(sources: 1, 2, 3)

AUGUST: Highlighting African Women

AFTERNOON TUNE: Titica - Ablua

Titica is such a bad-ass. Looking flawless as ever, the Angolan 21st century queen of kuduro goes hard, as always, and delivers an infectious up-tempo dance track with a distinct soukous guitar melody.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women



Vintage photos of Mucubal women and girls, c 1930s & 1950s.  Photographer and names unknown.

There is much information about the Mucubal people online but I need to read more to educate myself before I post.  Please pardon that caution.

DYNAMIC AFRICANS: I Love Southern Africa

This blog first caught my attention perhaps a little over a month, or so, ago, and it’s safe to say it was love at first sight.

Dedicated to representing a total of 12 countries, from Angola to Zambia, Madagascar to Lesotho, the individual behind the blog manages to take it all in stride shedding essential knowledge on each country, posting incredibly thorough, diverse and in-depth content that’s is beyond enriching.

Having a thorough appreciation of this blog, and thus it’s curator, it seemed only right to feature them in this series of Dynamic Africans on tumblr. My interview only made me even more of a fan and I’m left even more inspired by the person behind I Love Southern Africa.

In about five sentences or less, can you tell us a little about yourself. Who is the person behind the blog?

I’m a young woman from two of the countries I blog about, currently starting a new chapter in my life after having taken care of family for a while (the African immigrant’s story!). 

What are the main objectives of your blog? What led or inspired you to create it?

My main objective was to shine a light on everything time can permit to blog on Southern Africa.  Outside of the countries themselves, not much is known or spoken of Southern Africa other than HIV/AIDS, Robert Mugabe, Malawi as it pertains to Madonna, Namibia as it pertains to Angelina Jolie and Madagascar as it pertains to the animated movie of the same name. 

Southern Africa is also known primarily for our animals but not the people around them, their history, dreams etc.  It’s a region with a very rich and intense history which influences the vibrant culture and life today. 

Since starting this blog, what has kept you motivated and/or what new things have you learned along the way?

I must admit I also didn’t know too much about the whole region and I feel like I am blogging for myself at times when I get excited about finding something I had never known. 

I am essentially motivated by my own ignorance about the area and my love for it as well. 

Other African diaspora blogs also inspire me to keep digging, sharing and finding what I would’ve never thought to look for.  I’m still stunned by the incredible history and roles played by everyone in shaping the region then and today. 

What do you love most about Southern Africa/being from Southern Africa, and in what ways are you able to connect with Africans from other regions?

Like all folks in the diaspora I love my people, culture, history, politics and self deprecating humour to name a few! I love watching us Southern Africans expand our Pan-Africaness (if there is such a term?) even though we are still unfortunately closed off from the rest of the diaspora in some ways. 

I always thought it would be politics that unite all Africans but I see how our current youth culture, specifically music brings everyone together.  I love reading comments under Youtube videos from people all across the diaspora showing love to a musician whose lyrics they don’t understand but they feel the music. 

I’ve been a wanna-be die-hard Pan Africanist since my early teens and I still fall in love with everything from the fashion from other regions to the literature and political heroes.  Oh and the food - I can finally make Egusi without following instructions on Youtube!

Being an African in the diaspora, what has been the most difficult and/or inspiring element of this experience for you? 

The most inspiring element has also been the most difficult:  Digging in the crates for photographs, books etc is worth every late night and eye bags. 

However, realizing how much of my own history I was never taught, how much of it exists in foreign institutions and not our own and how much of our history was recorded by others while our own methods of recording our history were forcibly wiped out, drove me to tears a few times.  

I’m reassured by current and past artists, musicians, writers, bloggers etc of the diaspora who have and continue to express our souls.

Lastly, where else can you be found online?

Twitter: @SouthRnAfrika - but I am rarely there.  Stuck on Tumblr!


A man being deported to Angola was unlawfully killed on a British Airways flight after security guards restrained him, an inquest jury has found.

Jimmy Mubenga, 46, died after becoming ill as the aircraft prepared to leave Heathrow Airport in October 2010.

The father-of-five had been restrained by G4S security guards, an inquest jury at Isleworth Crown Court heard.

He was being deported from the UK after serving a two-year prison sentence for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

'Unreasonable force'

Mr Mubenga was restrained by Terence Hughes, Stuart Tribelnig and Colin Kaler, the inquest heard.

The jury found he died of cardio-respiratory collapse, in which the heart stops beating and a person stops breathing.

Other passengers said they heard Mr Mubenga wailing for help after saying he could not breathe, with one of the guards apparently replying: “Yes, you can.”

Returning the verdict, the jury foreman said: “Based on the evidence we have heard, we have found Mr Mubenga was pushed or held down by one or more of the guards.

"We find that this was unreasonable force.

"The guards would have known that they would have caused harm to Mr Mubenga, if not serious harm."

My body
is an upright loom
where you left the criss-crossed
colors of your life: two bands a diamond
and marks of the plague.

My body
is a thick forest
where you forged your path

After you got lost
you hid the key and the proverb.

Woven Tissue, by Angolan poet Ana Paula Ribeiro Tavares


‘Angolan Women Building the Future - From National Liberation to Women’s Emancipation’, Organization of Angolan Women, Zed Books, London, 1984.

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Teaser for new Angolan TV drama Njina : Rainha de Angola (Nzinga: Queen of Angola) starring Lesliana Pereira

I don’t think I’ve ever been more moved by a 16-second clip as I was after watching this. Lesliana Pereira is gorgeous and looks absolutely perfect for the role - that expression on her face says so much! Really interested in watching this. Would be great if it eventually made its way to a DSTV channel such as M-Net or Africa Magic.

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