Click here to expand and collapse the player

Angola Soundtrack: The Unique Sound of Luanda (1968-1976)

Rate It! Avg: 4.5 (63 ratings)
Angola Soundtrack: The Unique Sound of Luanda (1968-1976) album cover
Rei do Palhetinho
Artist: Mamukueno
3:08   $0.99
Artist: Os Kiezos
3:33   $0.99
Ilha Virgem
Artist: Jovens Do Prenda
3:45   $0.99
Ulungu Wami
Artist: Zé Da Lua
2:50   $0.99
Pachanga Maria
Artist: Os Bongos
3:19   $0.99
Tira Sapato
Artist: Dimba Diangola
2:55   $0.99
N'Gui Banza Mama
Artist: Santos Júnior
4:25   $0.99
Mi Cantando Para Ti
Artist: N'Goma Jazz
3:36   $0.99
Macongo Me Chiquita
Artist: Ferreira do Nascimento
3:50   $0.99
Uma Amiga
Artist: David Zé
2:40   $0.99
Farra Na Madrugada
Artist: Jovens Do Prenda
4:47   $0.99
Samba Braguez
Artist: Os Korimbas
4:20   $0.99
Artist: Dimba Diangola
4:08   $0.99
Passeio por Luanda
Artist: Alliace Makiadi
3:52   $0.99
Artist: Os Bongos
3:20   $0.99
Eme Lelu
Artist: Quim Manuel O Espirito Santo
5:05   $0.99
Pica O Dedo
Artist: Africa Ritmos
4:02   $0.99
Massanga Mama
Artist: Africa Show
Album Information

Total Tracks: 18   Total Length: 76:16

Find a problem with a track? Let us know.

Wondering Sound

Review 511

Chris Nickson


Chris Nickson lives in Leeds, England, the city where he was born. He moved back to the UK in 2005 after spending 30 years in the US, where he freelanced for nu...more »

Various Artists, Angola Soundtrack (The Unique Sound of Luanda (1968-1976))
2010 | Label: Analog Africa / Believe Digital

Luanda rocked. The rest of Angola might have been burning up with war in the '60s and '70s, but in the capital they cranked the amps and let fly with music, not bullets. Blues, Congolese rumba, Cuban rhythms, funk and psychedelia all got chucked into the blender and came out in wild colours. It was a mad, beautiful, fertile time, one that produced some of the most deliriously creative music ever to come out of… read more »

Write a Review 3 Member Reviews

Please register before you review a release. Register

user avatar



If you like this, check out another anthology of Angolan music, Angola Saudade 60*70 (4 cd set). The complete set has many many excellent tunes and emusic is offering it (in July '11, at least) for the ridiculously low price of 4.90 dollars for the 60 song colllection. Snap it up while you can! And be vigilant cause--go figure--but they're also selling each of the four, individual 15 song CDs for the same price as all 4 cds bundled together....

user avatar



I was born in Angola and these songs and sounds (merengues & rebitas) are part of my childhood. The period from 1968 to 1975 was fantastic in terms of music. A madness. The festivals and live concerts were frequent; Angola was experiencing a period of great euphoria and economic prosperity. With independence the "permanent party" was over. More than 500,000 Portuguese and Portuguese descendants’ does returned to Europe. The civil war, that lasted until the beginning of the XXI century, wiped out thousands of lives. The logistical conditions became more and more difficult . This collection is a remarkable testimony of a very fertile period.

user avatar



AMAZING, I love this! You cannot help but dance and smile to the music

They Say All Music Guide

Analog Africa’s compilations are always among the most carefully researched, compiled, painstakingly mastered, and exhaustively annotated, and Angola Soundtrack, the compilation that closes out the label’s 2010 releases, is no exception. Label boss Samy Ben Redjeb’s record-collecting journey this time out took him to three continents over a period of a couple of years to find recordings and finally to Luanda itself. After buying, borrowing, and listening to literally hundreds of sides (he has a novel to write about his travels this time and should someday), he narrowed it to these 18 cuts, and they are a revelation. The contents focus on eight years between 1968 and 1976: from the period near the end of Angola’s independence war with Portugal and the early years of its own civil war. The music here is a heady mix of traditional Luandan island rhythms, as they met musical styles from other African countries and those of the Latin American continent, the Caribbean, and American and European rock, soul, and funk. The electric guitar — which was a popular element of the music from nearby Congo during these years — plays a central role, as do innovative polyrhythmic tendencies that meld various musical traditions into something uniquely Angolan. The sequencing of these vocal and instrumental tracks on this set tells its own story, from its folkish origins through to a developmental period of reaching outside of itself into global grooves. Highlights include “Ilha Virgem” by Jovens do Prenda; the African salsa of “Mi Cantando Para Ti” by N’Goma Jazz; the driving “Passeio Por Luanda” by Alliace Makiadi; and the horn-and-guitar overdrive that is “Eme Lelu” by Quim Manuel o Espiritu Santo. The lengthy, hypnotic jam “Massanga Mama,” which closes the set, includes everything from reggae to son to electric blues, and is alone worth the price of admission. Add Ben Redjeb’s authoritative liners — with some considerable co-authoring from African history professor Marissa Moorman — and interviews with many of the artists here and from the period, and you have not only an indispensable compilation of Angolan popular music, but an irreplaceable one. – Thom Jurek

more »