Also from the Angolan musical front comes the first U.S. recording from the seasoned, itinerant musician Waldemar Bastos, whose impressive Pretaluz (Blacklight) (Luakabop 46481; 48:27) tells an engaging musical story. Like Bonga, Bastos was a musician in Angola during the uprising of the early ’70s, when outspoken musicians were officially repressed, or even killed. The continuing atmosphere of repression in his native country pushed him outward, to Portugal and then Brazil. He was heard on the fine Luakabop compilation, Afropea 3: Telling Stories to the Sea, and here gets his first full showcase on David Byrne’s label.
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