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Calendar, Night&Day Sound System Gonna Bring Me Back Up

Sound System Gonna Bring Me Back Up

The Portuguese empire may be gone, but the cultural flow between Portugal and its former colonies never stopped. Witness the phenomenon of kuduro, a hybrid of lo-fi electronics, West African percussion, calypso rhythms, and hip-hop rhyming born in Angola and…
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Music, Howard Wiley Gains Inspiration from an Unlikely Locale: Angola Prison

Howard Wiley Gains Inspiration from an Unlikely Locale: Angola Prison

"All American music originates straight from here," says 27-year-old tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley. He's discussing the music behind his Angola Project, a large, unusual ensemble he formed two years ago to perform his reinterpretations of vocal music from the Angola…
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News, Matt Smith The Horror

The Horror

Outside ChevronTexaco's regional offices in Malongo, Angola, "egrets strut in the grass among parked helicopters, and clusters of screeching bats hang like coconuts from trees," Associated Press correspondent Bruce Stanley wrote in a September dispatch. From this tranquil heart of…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Lock and Keys

This week's opening of Ernest Dickerson's Blind Faith (see our Movie Capsules in the Film section), combined with Media Alliance's monthlong "Critical Resistance: Prison Film Festival," provides a crash course in that peculiarly American blight: the prison industry -- who…
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