Wednesday, August 11, 2010

N'gola Ritmos

I haven't had much luck in finding old Angolan vinyl. Dear friends (Thanks, Kris & Lay!) were looking around a couple of months ago in Quito but said the war destroyed a lot, including old LPs, and rich Angolans are also on the hunt for music. Maybe some will turn up in time.

I have a list of bands I'd love to hear more of, and N'gola Ritmos is high on the list. Even more, now that I saw these videos (from RTP, 1964). In awe of Monami and Lourdes Van Dunem. Amazing!

There's also a book on that list: Marissa Jean Moorman's "Intonations: A Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola, from 1945 to Recent Times" (2008, Ohio University Press). Moorman is professor of African history at Indiana University. She writes:
N’gola Ritmos formed in 1947 and continued until the 1970s with various combinations of musicians including two female vocalists, Belita Palma and Lourdes Van Dunem. In the early 1960s some founding members were sent off to prison or exiled from Luanda to other provinces on temporary work assignments. The band played in a variety of venues in the capital, from the birthday parties of friends and families to the Liga, the city’s cinemas, and even the governer’s palace, as well as in other provinces. Carlos do Aniceto “Liceu” Vieira Dias was the group’s founder. Angolan musicologists credit Vieira Dias with translating songs of rural derivation into a popular music that was danceable and, in so doing, unleashing the development of urban popular music and in the particular the form known as semba.
Enjoy these, read up, and do let me know if you find N'gola Ritmos LPs (or even crazier, have double copies for sale)!


Brad Loving said...

I'm big fan of Angolan music as well. I've only heard a few digital compilations, but those are really close to my heart. It would amazing to find some old Angolan vinyl. Anyway, thanks for the amazing blog.

Anonymous said...

there is a volume 2 of ngola rec labelthis nglp 9008 is Folclore Angolano.
Ases do Prenda,Trio Africano and Ngoma Jazz are among the artists presented here.
the year is '75.

Michele said...

Dear Pieter,

thanks for the time and effort you put in your blog.
Sorry for the OT:
My name is Michele, and I am doing research on African music blogs for my master's dissertation in ethnomusicology.
If you have a little time, I would like to ask you a few questions about it, possibly via email.

You can write at

Thanks anyway!


matt said...

Pieter, not original vinyl but Samy at Analogue Africa has an Angolan compilation out in November....there is a cover pic at facebook..not sure this is a public url:

Pieter said...

Thanks, Matt, I saw Samy's post on facebook. Looking very much forward to his take on Angola!

Frank said...

I have been checking your blog since August 24 without seeing any new updates. What happened?
It looks like your sea now have dried out. Its too bad. I liked your blog indeed.

matt said...

On my return from Lamu I was lucky to find a promotional copy in the mailbox. Whilst by no means an expert on Angolan music I have to say that on first listen it is very strong. More comments to follow

Z j A k said...

We miss your posts, too rare Pieter !