A general theory of oblivion

2 07 2017


A General Theory of Oblivion by Portuguese-Angolan author Jose Eduardo Agualusa is a work of fiction based on a startling true story. In the tense last days of Portuguese colonial rule in Angola, an expat colonial woman finds herself unexpectedly alone in the increasingly hostile environment, and in panic and desperation, walls herself up inside her high-rise apartment…not to set foot outside for another thirty years. Through the windows she can look down on the city below, hear the gunshots and see the demonstrations, watching as the once-grand colonial apartment block all but collapses around her. She withdraws into herself, hermit-like, her days an endless stream of sunny, silent days in her penthouse, looking out over the trees and the bouganvillea flowers.

It is Ā fascinating premise and reading the book, so evocative of the heat and the clamour of Luanda, in the baking Hong Kong Summer is an experience in itself.

Aline Frazao: Insular

13 11 2015

I’ve been waiting and waiting for this…a first taste of new album, “Insular,” from the Angolan singer.

Mulemba Xangola

26 05 2015

My personal rainy day song, from the Angolan singer Bonga, one of the country’s great voices. Here it is performed with Brazilians Marisa Monte and Carlinhos Brown.

Is this Ethiopia’s first dystopian sci fi film…or not?

12 02 2015

The director is Spanish, the money comes from Europe but the setting and the cast are Ethiopian.

New film “Crumbs” shows a surreal post-apocalyptic Addis Ababba, above which hovers the apparently rusting hulk of an alien space pod.

Plus, there is Santa Claus. Sounds interesting.

Speaking of Addis Ababba, look who is in town. The Angolan singer songwriter will vist the Ethiopian capital on an East African tour also taking in Nairobi and Zanzibar. šŸ™‚


11 06 2014

Nothing makes a tropical night sweat a little better than an Angolan kuduro beat!

And below, more musica angolano:


20 11 2013

Currently on at Harlem’s Studio Museum in New York is the exhibition, “Shadows take shape”, exploring the currently hot topic (Janelle Monae, Sun Ra’s enduring hipster appeal) of Afrocentric science fiction. There is a strong contingent from Africa, including this blog faveĀ Kiluanji Kia Henda whose Icarus 13 photographic project re-imagines bizarre Soviet-era architecture in the then-Communist puppet state of Angola as the backdrop to an African space programme journey to the sun.

Global crunk

21 02 2013

Everyone loves that hard-driving beat, from Angolan transsexual rap stars…

 to this waifish peroxide hipster from Brazil’s Northeast, Daniel Peixoto :

… and Korean super-producers, the Brave Brothers :

And of course, me.