Luanda — Culture minister Rosa Cruz e Silva last Saturday, in Luanda, praised the qualities of the recently deceased Angolan musician and historian Mário Clington, for his determination, mastery and wisdom in serving the homeland and Africa.
"Our generation can only say thank you for the legacy, which helps Angola to be effectively a great reference in the world. The tribute we can pay to Mário Clington is to carry on with his ideals", she stressed.
The minister was speaking at the funeral ceremony of Mário Clington, having stressed that the late musician was a man dedicated to the homeland and Africa.
"Mário Clington is part of a glorious group that since the young age were able to stand out in various forums, namely sport, literature, culture and politics", said the minister.
Rosa Cruz e Silva went on saying that "if today we have leadership posts in our country, if today we know the path Angola is taking, we owe all this to people like Mário Clington, because he dedicated all the days of his life to Angola".
Born in 1938, Mário Clington was one of the emblematic figures of the Angolan music and a committed nationalist, having been the founder of famous bands such as Escola de Samba, Fogo Negro and Gongo.
He also founded in France, where he lived for over forty years, the Afro-Brazilian group named Batuki, alongside the renowned Angolan musician Barceló de Carvalho "Bonga".
The funeral ceremony was attended by the Culture minister, members of the Angolan Artists and Composers Association (UNAC), as well as friends and relatives of the diceased.