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Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:16 - Updated Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:16

Culture minister highlights deeds of Angolan singer Bonga

Luanda - The Culture minister, Carolina Cerqueira, highlighted on Wednesday in Luanda, the works of the Angolan singer, Barceló de Carvalho “Bonga” stressing the need for him to continue spreading with pride the country’s culture abroad.

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Bonga - singer and composer

Photo: Clemente Santos

In a congratulatory message sent to Angop on the occasion of the singer’s 76th birthday, the minister envisages new success for the musician during his creative journey for the sake of the Angolan music, which has turned him one of the first ambassadors of the nation’s culture abroad.   

According to Carolina Cerqueira, loyal to his rhythmic line, whose influence is felt in the Angolan carnival, Bonga created a unique style that prompted him to perform in great national and international stages, alongside other authors spread the specificity of the country’s culture, preserving and conveying myths, dreams and tradition for the valorization of the cultural identity of Angola.


José Adelino Barceló de Carvalho was born in Quipiri, northern Bengo province, Angola.

He released his first album in 1972 in Netherland entitled “Angola 72", by this time he adopts the African name “Bonga Kuenda” meaning “the one who sees, the one ahead constantly in movement”.

Bonga performed for the first in US in 1973 during the celebration of Guinea Bissau independence.

In April 1974 he released the album  "Angola 74", during the 80s Bonga became the first African solo artist to perform two days straight at Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon Portugal.

The musician received many awards and homage such as golden medals and CD as well as platinum.

He has also performed in various solidarity shows for institutions such as MRAR, Internacional Amnisty, FAO, United Nations and UNICEF.

Bonga has over 300 songs of his own, 32 albums released, six video clips, seven soundtracks and albums re-edited all over the world.

His songs have been sung by several foreign artists such the Brazilians Martinho da Vila, Alcione and Elsa Soares, by Mimi Lorca in France, the Congolese, Bovic Bondo Gala the Uruguain Heltor Numa de Morais, and many young Angolan singers.

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