18 July 2013

Angola Takes Vice Presidency of Fespam International Symposium

Brazzaville — Angola has been elected deputy chair of the International Symposium on "The African music, vector of authenticity and emergence factor" that is taking place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

The Angolan and United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO)'s specialist, Simão Souindoula, has taken up the post to represent the country.

The body is chaired by the US anthropologist, Sheila Walker, with the organisation " Afrodiáspora", aided by Ivorian Adépo Yapo as first deputy chair, whereas Cameroonian Émile Mosexly Batamack has been elected secretary general.

The symposium as a forum for an exchange of opinion on the "Musical expression as a support for the African authenticity", "The African music as a lever of Africa's cultural and economic emergence" and "The ties between the identitary expressions and Africa's integral development", is gathering experts from Africa, Americas and Europe.

On Monday, the Angolan singer, Pélora, backed by her band, took to the state at the "Félix Éboué" stadium and thrilled the audience during a show under the Panafrican Music Festival (FESPAM).

Meanwhile, Perola has joined the list of African prominent musicians awarded the Congolese Letter and Arts gold medal of merit, along with Sinamoyi Pascal "Tabu Ley"' (DRC), Youlou Mabiala (Congo) Youssouf Ndour (Senegal), Pierre Akwéndengué (Gabon) and Manu Dibango (Cameroon).

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