Bonga (musician)

Birth nameJose Adelino Barcel׳ de Carvalho
Also known asBonga Kwenda
Born (1943-09-05) 5 September 1943 (age 73)
“Kipiri”, Bengo, Angola
Genres Angolan music, folk, semba
Instruments Vocals, dikanza, congas
Years active1972-present
Labels Lusafrica, Morabeza, Vidisco


José Adelino Barceló de Carvalho (given birth to 5 Sept 1942 in Kipiri, Angola), better referred to as Bonga, is a folk and semba singer and songwriter from Angola.

José Adelino Barceló de Carvalho was created in the province of Bengo, and still left Angola when he was 23 years of age to be an sportsman, becoming the Portuguese record holder for the 400 metres (Angola was at that time among Portugal's five African colonies). He previously already started his singing profession at age 15.Carvalho abandoned athletics in 1972, concentrating exclusively in his music, and instantly became famous in his native Angola, aswell such as Portugal. Following the Carnation Trend in Apr 1974, he'd become a strike both with immigrants in the ex-Portuguese colonies, and Portuguese of both African and Western european descent. He provides released over 30 albums, performing in Portuguese and traditional Angolan dialects. His tracks certainly are a combination of Portuguese folk noises, semba, kizomba and latin components.While Angola was still a Portuguese colony, Bonga was an outspoken supporter of independence. This led him to become exiled from Angola in the first 1970s.At the moment, Portugal was ruled with the authoritarian and conservative Estado Novo routine federal government, founded by Salazar. Barceló de Carvalho's position being a Portuguese superstar athlete allowed him the uncommon freedom of motion, which he utilized - beneath the name of Bonga Kuenda - to transport text messages between exiled pro-independence African fighters and compatriots still in Angola. When the Portuguese federal government and its politics police (P.We.D.E.) realised Bonga Kuenda and Barceló de Carvalho had been the same guy, Bonga was compelled into exile in Rotterdam, where, in 1972, he definitively followed the name Bonga and documented his initial record, Angola 72. His iconic monitor "Mona Ki Ngi Xica", which would feature over the soundtrack of Cédric Klapisch's 1996 film When the Cat's Apart (Chacun cherche kid talk), was presented on this record. A warrant for his arrest was released in Angola for the seditious lyrics from the record, forcing him to go nomadically between Germany, Belgium and France until Angola's self-reliance from Portugal in 1975, as a result of the events from the Carnation Trend. While in European countries, Bonga met various other Portuguese-speaking music artists and modified the noises of semba to his currently diverse music design.After independence, the brand new Angolan federal government took Angola's best solo acts and founded and backed an orchestra called "Semba Tropical". The reason was to regenerate the dropped music sector, as described with a People's Republic of Angola ministry spokesman through the band's tour in European countries in the mid-1980s: "We'd great problems due to the battle for self-reliance. When the Portuguese still left they dismantled a number of the simple framework by smashing and sabotaging apparatus and we'd to start out from nothing. After independence there have been no bands in any way. Those which had been formed weren't active because that they had no equipment." Since it was the case under Portugal's colonial guideline, only a little minority of Angolans (1%) had been allowed to obtain an education. Hence, the newly unbiased country, with fairly good facilities, and blessed with wealthy natural assets, was actually terribly mismanaged and suffering from problem and failed central planning several years after self-reliance from Portugal.After Angola's independence Bonga lived for quite a while in Paris and Angola, before establishing his main home in Lisbon. As post-colonial lifestyle in Angola disintegrated into problem, squalor, brutality, and an interminable and bloody civil battle, Bonga remained vital of the politics market leaders on all edges. Bonga's tone of voice of tranquility and conscience proceeds to create him a hero towards the folks of Angola irrespective of where he resides. He continues to be fiercely focused on the perfect of non-violence, he states merely: "We should live without harming others."Today aged 74, he publishes in 2016 his thirty-first album Recados de Fora (Text messages from Somewhere else) such as 9 new music including Tonokenu, in addition to the addresses of Sodade Meu Bem Sodade, a structure of Zé do Norte currently sung simply by Maria Bethânia or Nazaré Pereira, and Odji Maguado composed with the Capeverdean writer B. Leza and popularised by Cesaria Evora in her 1990 record, Distino di Belita.


Bonga received the variation of "Knight from the Purchase of Arts and Characters" from the People from france authorities. The honorable point out was delivered from the Ministry of Tradition of France inside a ceremony on Dec 10, 2014 in Angola.


Angola 72 (1972) Angola 74 (1974) (includes "Sodade", a music later on made famous by Cesaria Evora) Raízes (1975) Angola 76 (1976) Racines (1978) Kandandu (1980) Kualuka Kuetu (1983) Marika (1984) Sentimento (1985) Massemba (1987) Reflexão (1988) Malembe Malembe (1989) Diaka (1990) Jingonça (1991) Paz em Angola (1991) Geraçõsera (1992) Mutamba (1993) Tropicalíssimo (1993) Traditional Angolan Music (1993) Fogo na Kanjica (1994) O Homem carry out Saco (1995) Preto e Branco (1996) Roça de Jindungo (1997) Dendém de Açúcar (1998) Falar de Assim (1999) Mulemba Xangola (2001) Kaxexe (2003) Maiorais (2004) Bairro (2008) Hora Kota (2011) Recados de Fora (2016)


Angola (1988) Paz em Angola (1991) Katendu (1993) 20 Sucessos de Ouro (1995) Onda Sonora: Crimson Hot + Lisbon, AIDS-Benefit Record made by the Crimson Hot Firm, contributed the monitor "Mulemba Xangola" (1998) Ideal Of Bonga (2009)


Swinga Swinga (1996) Bonga Live (2005)