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Construção da Memória em Angola e Moçambique


Edited By Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger, Ana Sobral and Selma Pantoja

Os ensaios neste livro conduzem o leitor através dos tópicos cruciais do pós-colonialismo de Angola e Moçambique, como refletidos nas suas literaturas, cinema, música e artes. O passado, na forma das tradições esquecidas / redescobertas ou da guerra, continua formando as maneiras nas quais estas nações articulam e negociam suas identidades. Enfatiza-se a cena particularmente vibrante de Luanda e, ademais, dedica-se atenção (à falta de) às traduções dos textos portugueses noutras línguas.

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Trenches of the Mind: Rap Music in Angola and the (Re-)Construction of National Identity (Ana Sobral)


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Ana Sobral(Zurich University)

Trenches of the Mind: Rap Music in Angola and the (Re-)Construction of National Identity

The essay presents some preliminary results of a book project on the younger generation of Angolan musicians, which is based on interviews with the musicians themselves. The focus of the book will be on first-hand accounts of the musicians‘ experiences in Luanda/Angola during the civil war and the post-war period, and the ways in which these events influenced their music and especially their lyrics. While the book will offer a more biographical narrative, this essay focuses on three recent examples of Angolan popular music, especially rap, in which the questions of national identity and national memory are strongly debated. The rappers reflect on the path taken by the government since the end of the civil war in 2002, while also drawing comparisons and parallels to the colonial rule that lasted until 1975. Hence, the analysis highlights the links between this younger generation of musicians and key moments of the nation’s resistance struggle as articulated by poets and musicians of the 1960s. The history and collective memory of Angola are thus at the center of this essay, paying special attention to the ways in which rap music operates as a new medium of memory and a tool of social and political resistance.

Trenches of the Mind: Rap music in Angola and the (Re-)Construction of National Identity

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