Contents: SIDE TWO • 1. FRELIMO Songs from Mozambique - Bagamoyo Secondary School Students • 2. AFRO-BRAZILIAN songs - Street music from Northern Brazil • 3. MPLA Songs & Music from Angola - Angolan villagers & MPLA militants • The album cover says BAND ONE is a continuation of FRELIMO songs from Side One. The five songs in BAND TWO reflect the influence of Angolan and Congolese music on that of Brazil. These rhythmic melodies and call-and-response patterns, carried by slaves to the “New World,” bear striking resemblance to contemporary coastal Angola music. These street musicians and singers were recorded in northern Brazil. BAND THREE begins with two songs from Eastern Angola employing traditional instruments such as the hand piano (Mbira) and notched sticks. This is followed by modern coastal rhythms played and sung by militants of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Solo portions of the MPLA national anthem follow, accompanied by battle sounds of an MPLA attack on the Portuguese barracks of Karipande in the Moxico district of eastern Angola. The voice is that of Hoji ia Henda, the head of the MPLA Military Commission, who was killed in this attack on April 14, 1968, which is now commemorated as Angola Youth Day. The songs were recorded by LSM Information Center and the MPLA.
Used by permission of former members of Liberation Support Movement.