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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:26 - Updated Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:26

Institute of Languages lists over 20 folk music themes

Luanda - Twenty-eight pieces of the Angolan music folklore have been listed and registered into a catalogue by the Ministry of Culture, through the National Institute of Languages, in the last ten years.

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Director general of the National Languages Institute, Jose Pedro

Photo: Pedro Parente

The collection includes popular themes made public by singers and bands like Muxima and Manazinha by Ngola Ritmos band, Kiselengenya (Bonga), Maye Maye (Jacinto Tchipa) and Humbi Humbi (Filipe Mukenga).

The listing covers other themes like Lalipo, Katarina, Lomondendela, Eme Pemba, Bwa Santo, Maria Kandimba and a few others sung in Portuguese: Passarão, Olha o Lenço: deixa cair, Margarida Morena and Atirei o Pau ao Gato.

According to the director of the National Institute of Languages, José Pedro, the collection is part of a programme of gathering of themes of the oral tradition from the communities.

Speaking on the eve of the National Culture Day (January 8), he said the project is intended to help new generation singers to stick to the original version of the folk music they often sing at will without observing the parameters.

Meanwhile, the source announced that the Ministry of Culture will run a large programme of activities to celebrate the January 8, including the classification of the Fety Archeological Station and the Caninine Rocks, both in Huambo province.

Huambo as the venue for the January 8 celebrations will host a lecture on the role played by the historical figures in the struggle against colonial occupation.

The events will include a seminar on orthographic harmonisation of Umbundu vernacular language, a arts and culture exhibition and a lecture on the proliferation of churches in the country.

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