Angola 40: Conjunto Angola 70

EFG London Jazz Festival
AFRI-KOKOA in its 10th year presents: a DIRECTION AFRICA Angolan Afro-Jazz Fusion Special celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Angolan Independence.

Africa in the 1970s was, in more ways than one, a revolutionary hotbed. Through the euphoria of national independence or the hardship of civil strife, Africans seized the opportunity to re-establish their identity by reinventing their sound - the lifeblood of their tradition. Extraordinary rhythmic revolutions consumed the continent, culminating into what is without question the most enlightened era of African music. Angola's capital Luanda in particular was a headquarter for one of the strongest forces propelling the pan-African music movement.

Experience Tello Morgado's Angolan jazz fusion project with Alfred Bannerman on guitar, Helder Pack on drums and vocal, Tello Morgado on percussion and Emmanuel Oladokum on bass and very special guest Byron Wallen on trumpet. Featuring the amazing Masters of Luanda’s musical golden age reunited Conjunto Angola 70.

Tello Morgado
Inspired by his uncle Joaozinho Morgado, the internationally acclaimed Angolan percussionist, and his grandfather Mestre Geraldo Laurenco Morgado, an iconic figure in Angolan folkloric Rebita music, Tello has in time made his own mark on London’s vibrant music scene. During his career he has shared the stage with the likes of Robert Mitchell, Chris Jerome, Kaidi Tatham, Ojos De Brujo, Derito Tavares to 2014 MOBO winner Zara Mcfarlene.

Unfortunately, the sweet sounds of Angolan musical high days have almost completely disappeared, making only shy appearances during the annual carnival in Luanda. The diversity of instruments such as the dikanza, also known as the 'reco reco' - a device indigenous to Angola that once defined the sound of Luanda - have become non-existent in contemporary Angolan music. A particularly special trait from Angola in the 1970s – and possibly the most defining - was the guitarists' ability to produce truly hypnotic and psychedelic riffs by manipulating the instrument in a way that one would find difficult to replicate today. To resurrect the country's formidable vintage music scene and incorporate all that has been lost through the years, Otiniel Silva – Angolan social cultural activist & music lover- and Samy Ben Redjeb – founder of Analog Africa-have painstakingly managed to bring together an all-star band under the name of ‘Conjunto Angola 70’ consisting exclusively of Angola's finest talent from its golden generation of instrumentalists, composers and vocalists. The guitarists involved in this project remember their trade secrets and the self-invented fine-tuning they mastered. Heavenly jazzy guitar work and mesmerizing rhythms as a thread, with the raspy sound of dikanza determines the typical sound. Conjunto Angola 70 proves that the Angolan rich sound of the golden years has lost none of its form more than 35 years later.



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