Angolan singer Bonga belongs to that group of musicians whose controversial work, intolerant of free flow of ideas and viewpoints, earns them status as displaced artists. During the ’70s, Bonga-who had changed his name from his given Portuguese moniker, Barcelo de Carvalho-spoke out in song during a fragile time, when Angolans rebelled against Portuguese colonialist rule. His album Angola 72 (Tinder 42846642; 42:48), originally recorded in the Netherlands after being exiled from his homeland, documents his earliest recording and has just been reissued domestically by Tinder. The political themes charging his songs may be lost on listeners outside the language loop, but his passion is tangible.
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