25 December 2012

Angola: Musician Eduardo Paim 'Resurfaces', Stands Out in Year Marked By Mourning

Luanda — In a year marked by pain and mourning, in which the Angolan music scene lost several renowned artists in four months, such as Mamborró, Zecax, Chissica Arts and Nito Nunes, it seems that destiny so wanted that the veteran musician Eduardo Paím reappeared in the scene in style, even winning the National Culture and Arts Prize, in Music category, thus getting distinguished for a career spanning over 30 years.

The prowess of Eduardo Paim- who is a recognised producer, songwriter and singer- happened in contrast with the sudden wave of deaths in the music scene, with highlight on the singer Mamborró, one of the many artists that were polished up by Eduardo Paim's production skills at the early stages of his career, still as an infant singer.

After Mamborró's death, last October, music lovers and the public in general were surprised by the death of Chissica Arts, Nito Nunes, Mário Clington and Zecax, artists who did much for the Angolan culture.

The five mentioned musicians passed away of illnesses.

It was amid this scenario that the Angolan society saw the resurfacing of Eduardo Paim, who is also known as General Kambuengo, with the nomination to the National Culture and Arts Prize, making many remember the musician's trajectory, a career that started in the early 1980's in the SOS band.

Eduardo Paim is also credited with inventing the Kizomba music style, fusing the Zouk style (from the French Antilles) with local rhythms and electronic instruments, in the late 1980's and early 1990's, with which he "seasoned" his various albums and also conquered international markets, mainly Portugal where he resided throughout the 1990's.

His solo career include the albums "Luanda, Minha Banda", 1991, "Novembro", 1991, "Do Kayaya", 1992, "Kambuengo", 1993, "Kanela", 1994, "Ainda é Tempo", 1995, "Mujimbos", 1998, "Maruvo na Taça", 2006, and his latest "Etu Mu Dietu" released in 2012.

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