16 January 2013

Angola: Show Promoters Insensitive to Plight of Old Generation Singers - Official

Luanda — The secretary to the head of State for Social Affairs, Simão Helena, said Tuesday in Luanda there is "lack of sensitiveness" on the part of show agents and promoters who do little to retrieve the music of old generation singers.

Sociologist Simão Helena was speaking at the opening of the round table on the artists' social situation sponsored by the National Association of Artists and Songwriters (UNAC).

He said the music of singers of the old generation is depreciated in favour of that produced by the young generation.

As an example, he mentioned that there is a big imbalance between the money paid to a new generation singer and that earned by an old generation colleague per concert, with the latter getting far less.

Mentioning several factors that result in the disadvantage of the old generation singers, the official urged them to try and keep pace with the dynamics of change in the society.

He also mentioned shortage of appropriate venues for the performance of old generation singers.

On the other hand, the official accused the old generation singers of being reluctant to relay their experience and knowledge to their younger partners.

The ceremony of opening of the round table was witnessed by the secretary of State for Culture, Cornélio Calei, Luanda province director for Culture, Manuel Sebastião, UNAC chairman, Arnaldo Calado, as well as singers, actors, writers, humorists, poets, sculptors, painters, including show agents and promoters.

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