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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

A Conversation with the curators of the Angolan Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale

Beyond Entropy works around the concept of energy for producing new forms of spatial practice. It is directed by Stefano Rabolli Pansera, an Italian architect based in London. The Africa projects are co-directed by Paula Nascimento, an Angolan architect who studied and lived in London for over a decade before moving back to Luanda. Stefano

Monday, August 19th, 2013

When Forbes starts asking questions about the wealth of Angola’s ruling family …

If a tree falls in a forest and no one heard it fall, did it really fall? If one is a billionaire in Angola and Forbes hasn't yet reported on it, are they really a billionaire? ...

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Angola’s Biennale

On June 1st, a Sub-Saharan African country won a top prize Leone d’Or/Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale the first time in 118 years. In all the excitement surrounding “Africa’s triumph” and the way Venice is “Going...

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The battle over the 27th of May in Angola

On Monday May 27th, the Political Bureau (BP) of the ruling MPLA condemned the political appropriation of “o 27 de Maio” (the 27th of May) by people who had no direct involvement in the events or their...

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Angola: One Party, One Voice

Angola is a country that has been ruled by the same party, the MPLA, since independence in 1975. The party has effectively transformed itself from a socialist bloc into a purely capitalistic organization with a diverse array...

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Oil in the Angolan President’s Family: Keeping it Global

A few months late to this story, the Wall Street Journal published a piece last Wednesday entitled “Angola Wealth Fund is Family Affair.” This was widely reported in the international press back in the fall when the...

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

There’s more to Angolan music than Kuduro

Angola has an underappreciated independent music scene. It’s no worth denying that kuduro is our biggest export, and when you mention Angola to most savvy music fans they will instantly identify it with Cabo Snoop and perhaps...

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

In Angola, the Generals will be just fine

Last week the Portuguese Attorney General’s office dismissed a case of libel and defamation against Rafael Marques and the Portuguese publisher Tinta da China. The criminal case against Marques and Tinta da China was filed by nine...

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

When videos of abuses go viral in Angola

For the past two weeks, most Angolans that frequent Facebook and other social media sites viewed and shared two particularly gruesome videos. One showed prison officials severely beating incarcerated men in the Comarca de Viana (Viana Jail),...

Friday, February 8th, 2013

When MediaStorm went to Angola to make a short film about de-mining

Earlier this week, the award-winning production studio/marketing group MediaStorm launched their short film Surviving the Peace, to promote Mines Advisory Group’s de-mining operations in Angola. Mines Advisory Group (MAG) launched with a premier in DC and a...

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The trouble with Angola

Like many Angolans on Sunday I was forced to eat my share of humble pie and admit the superiority of Cape Verde’s national football team, which, through sheer grit and determination, qualified their country to the quarterfinals...

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Review of new film on heavy metal in Angola

In case you thought kuduro—most recently discussed on this blog here, here, and here—is all that Angola’s music scene has to offer, you were wrong. Although Angolan death metal is nowhere near as popular as the dance and music style...

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The story about the daughter of Angola’s longtime president being Africa’s “first woman billionaire”

BREAKING NEWS: The 40-year-old businesswoman daughter of Angola’s long-serving president is rich. This week the Twittersphere has gone mad over an article published by Forbes claiming that their “research” has uncovered the fact that 40-year-old Isabel Dos Santos...

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Afcon 2013 Preview: Angola’s Palancas Negras and the Curse of the Quarterfinals

Angola has never made it past the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations. This year’s competition in South Africa marks the seventh time the Palancas Negras have been to the Afcon. Coincidentally, it was also in...

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

God is a profitable and deadly business in Angola

Sometime after the end of the São Silvestre foot race through the streets of Luanda and the start of any of the many New Year’s Eve parties (this one, worthy of both Marilyn Monroe and De Beers,...

Monday, November 5th, 2012

80% of Angolans alive today have only ever called one man President

Eighty percent of Angolans today have only ever called one man President. Sure, some have had other allegiances; there was a serious armed opposition and there were 27 years of civil war, but José Eduardo dos Santos...

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The world’s media watched (sort of) as Angola votes

The three most interesting things about the recent Angolan elections were: one, that we knew the result before election (the question was by how much). Two, why did the Angolan ruling party, MPLA, spent so much on...

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Art and assassination in Angola

Benguela-based human rights group, OMUNGA, attracted international attention last year when it sponsored an international festival of urban art and culture. Organized by a group of Angolan artists and social activists, “Okupapala” was launched as an effort...

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Goldman Sachs’s Angolan interests

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Cobalt International Energy, a Houston based company with investments in the Angolan oil sector, for possible violation of anti-corruption legislation. Last week the Financial Times reported that three Angolan officials –...

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Disco Angola (in New York City)

The photographer Stan Douglas’s new project “Disco Angola,” a work in progress, is on display at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York until April 28, 2012. The New Yorker announced the show in Goings on About...

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Angolan politics online

It’s been a busy week for Angolan politics. Elections are precisely six months away. On Wednesday, the long-time second-generation UNITA politician Abel Chivukuvuku officially split with his party to declare his candidacy for the presidency and his...

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Introducing: Angolan singer Aline Frazão

Aline Frazão joins a long line of exceptional female voices from Angola. Belita Palma, Lourdes Van Dunem, and Dina Santos from the golden years of semba in the 1960s and 1970s, Nany and Clara Monteiro from...

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Angolan Solutions

The Angolan anti-corruption activist and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais recently made the pages of Africa Confidential, which discussed his having filed a criminal complaint against three prominent Angolans with the Angolan Attorney General’s Office.

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Rock Angola

Angolan rock band Café Negro's "Kilapanga do Orfão" (the Orphan’s Kilapanga) fuses rhythms from northern Angola fused with rock music. The latter has been popular in Angola since the late colonial period (which ended in 1975...

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Nas’s Angola Blues

In “If I ruled the World,” Nas raps: “I’d open every cell in Attica send em to Africa.” Then in the 1998 Hype Williams feature film “Belly” (costar DMX), Nas’s character wants to move his girlfriend and...

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Translating Angola

Rhett McNeil’s translation of Portuguese novelist António Lobo Antunes’s “The Splendor of Portugal” received a lot of attention from the literary world when it was released earlier this fall. And with good reason. McNeil has interpreted Lobo...

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Angolan Independence

On Friday, November 10, 2011, Angola marked its 36th Independence Day since the proclamation of independence, November 10, 1975. It’s a few days later but better way to acknowledge the day than to focus on … Angola asylum...

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Angola: ’32 years is too much’

On Monday this week 17 people, including several journalists (some from the newspaper Jornal Novo), were arrested at the start of a demonstration, heavily monitored by police, in the Angolan capital, Luanda. As former BBC Angolan correspondent...

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Independência de Angola

In January 2010, the people behind Angola–Nos Trilhos da Independência have started collecting and recording personal memories and testimonies about Angola’s fight for independence. It’s a long-term project: they plan on digging for stories for the next...

Friday, February 5th, 2010

From Angola to Brazil

The music of Angolan resistance. (The link includes a reference to the work of Indiana University historian, Marissa Moorman, who has written extensively on Angolan popular culture).

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