• Angola: Rappers’ concerts cancelled, one shut down by police

    Rappers Ikonoklasta (real name: Luaty Beirão) and MCK planned to hold joint concert ‘Ikopongo’ on 5 November 2016 at a venue in Angolan capital Luanda, but had to reschedule the event for the next day at a different venue after management cancelled the show; the relocated show was then shut down by police, reported Deutsche […]
  • Angola: Rapper Luaty Beirão sentenced to over five years in prison

    On 28 March 2016, the prominent Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for planning a rebellion against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, reported several news sources. 34-year-old Luaty Beirão was sentenced to 5.5 years for “rebellion against the president of the republic, criminal association and falsifying documents” by the Luanda […]
  • Angola: Rapper MCK barred from leaving the country

    The Angolan immigration services have barred the rapper MCK from leaving Luanda’s International Airport. He was invited to perform at a rap festival in Brazil on 26 November 2015, reported Rafael Marques de Morais from Angola. Immigration officials told MCK that they had ‘superior orders’ to prevent him from leaving the country, MCK told Rafael […]
  • Angola: Freemuse calls for immediate release of detained rapper

    On 15 October 2015, the 33-year-old Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão entered his fourth week of hunger strike in protest of his detention without trial since June – along with 14 other opposition activists accused of ‘rebellion’ and of seeking to ‘attack the president’. Freemuse holds the Angolan authorities responsible for Luaty Beirão’s well-being and calls […]
  • Angola: Rapper arrested for drug smuggling: ‘I was framed’

    NEWS Angola Angolan rapper arrested for drug smuggling: ‘I was framed’ Luaty Beirão, a popular Angolan rapper known by the artist name Ikonoklasta, has been beaten up, arrested, his house broken into, his girlfriend kidnapped, and his family has been terrorised with anonymous death threats. On 11 June 2012, he was arrested again – this […]
  • Angola: Rap artists attacked again by Angolan pro-government militias

    NEWS Angola: Rap artists attacked again by pro-government militias On 22 May 2012, 15 men armed with pistols, machetes and iron rods attacked a group of ten young people, among them the two rap artists Casimiro Carbono and Explosivo Mental. This was very similar to an incident on 9 March 2012, where a small group […]
  • Angola: Rappers beaten up before manifestation

    NEWS Angola: Rappers beaten up before manifestation Six musicians and activists who were in a meeting to prepare for a public protest demonstration were violently attacked by unidentified aggressors. The episode was just one of more violent attacks on musicians and other activist during the days that lead up to the demonstrations of 10 March […]
  • Angola: Two rappers among group of protestors arrested

    NEWS Angola: Two rappers among group of protestors arrested Two rappers are among 24 youth activists who were put in detention for having called for democratic and economic reforms in anti-government protests on 3 September 2011. The two rappers are Carbono (real name: Dionísio Casimiro) and Explosivo Mental (real name: Jeremias Aniceto). Another rapper, Brigadeiro Mata […]
  • Angola: 17 young rap musicians arrested

    NEWS 13 March 2011 Angola: 17 young rap musicians arrested A group of 17 young rap musicians in Luanda’s city centre who were reading poems and distributing pamphlets saying they intended to participate in an announced anti-government demonstration later that day, were held in custody by the criminal investigation police and released the following morning […]
  • Angola: When the people’s silence speaks

    ARTICLES Angola: When the people’s silence speaks Here is a rare, detailed description of the present situation for a number of underground hip-hop artists in Angola, written by the Angolan journalist Rafael Marques. The article features an interview with the 22-year-old rapper MCK. “Music has no place in the grand scheme of politics in Angola. […]
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