5 November 2008

Angola: Musician Alcas Fernandes Says Variante Contest Helps Find New Talents

Malanje — Angolan musician Alcas Fernandes last weekend in Malanje City said that the annual Angolan popular music contest dubbed "Variante" is a mechanism to find new talents in the country.

Speaking to ANGOP, on the fringes of the 16th edition of the national music contest called "Variante", won by 20-year old Solanje Nery from the northern Cabinda Province, Alcas Fernandes reminded that the contestants are newcomers in the market, but with this national competition they can show their talents.

He explained that many artists get professional as they participate in music contests.

Alcas Fernandes revealed that Angola is developing its cultural sector, mainly in terms of music, adding that every year there are new talents, because of this there is a lot of competition in the market lately.

"This means that the higher the number of young upcoming artists, more work has to be done in terms of music production, and this is causing musicians to improve their quality, so that they can convince the public", he explained.

As regards the contest itself, the musician said the victory of Solanje Nery is fair, since the audience also indicated this.

On the other hand, he also commended the event's organisational level, since there were no constraints during the gala.

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