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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:49 - Updated Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:49

Angola: Guitar player Zé Keno dies in South Africa

Luanda - The Angolan guitar player, José João Manuel, commonly known as Zé Keno, died on Friday at 5 p.m (Angolan time) in South Africa by prolonged disease.

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Guitar player Zé Keno

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According to his professional colleague, also a guitar player, António Imperial "Baião", the musician was confined in a South African hospital, having died around 5 p.m of Angolan time.

Born in Malanje on December 15, 1950, Zé Keno was the main protagonist of the trajectory of the Jovens do Prenda band, who led with unusual mastery, 4 generations, having officially started his musical career, when he founded the group in 1968, Along with Chico Montenegro, Didi da Mãe Preta, Tony do Fumo, Augusto Chacaya, and co-founders Kangongo, Mingo and Verry Inácio.

A second generation of Jovens do Prenda appeared in 1980 and later years with Dom Caetano, Zecax, Mingo Canhoto, Kintino, Twely Bamba, Romão Teixeira, Alfredo Henriques, Deodenay, Tomé Domingos, Conceição Alberto, Luís Matoso "Massy", José Fausto Ricardo, Cassiano dos Santos, Julinho Vicente. And then, Zé Mueleteputu, that forms, at the moment, duet with Imperial Baião.

The third generation integrated, in 2005/2010, guitarist Joca, Dom Pirakanda, Charles, Zé Luís, João Deloba, Benjamim, Esteves and Josué. It follows the fourth and last generation, with Missinga and Zinho Santos, namely. In all phases, Zé Keno was the agglutinating and energizing leader, who dictated the progress and the melodic structure of the band.

Moreover, Zé Keno made a historical partnership of profound musical value with Carlitos Vieira Dias, in the Merengues group, recording the celebrated "Long Play" entitled "Mutudi ya Ufolo" by David Zé, a sublime song to national independence.

It also had a passage through the historic group "África Show". Most of the singers of urban folk music and the greatest hits of the 60s and 70s counted on the participation Zé Keno as a viola solo, among them David Zé, Urbano de Castro, Artur Nunes, António Paulino, Prado Paim, Óscar Neves, Paulo 9, Paulino Pinheiro, or Tony Caetano.

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