Angola: CDs, DVDs and audiovisual works confiscated by police

18 March 2013

“The Angolan National Police have confiscated CDs DVDs and a series of audiovisual works by Angolan activists in an act of censorship against voices that are unsettling those in power in Angola,” reported Global Voices on 14 March 2013.

O Líder Revolucionário
Cover of Brigadeiro 10 Pacotes’ DVD ‘O Líder Revolucionário’

These works include rapper Brigadeiro 10 Pacotes’ new DVD, a DVD about “the life and work of historical revolutionary leader Jonas Savimbi”, and some of musician Chingui Chinhama’s CDs.

In response to this, Brigadeiro’s producer Independente Universal Produções together with the Movimento Revolucionário [‘Revolutionary Movement’] called for a demonstration in front of the customs of Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport in Luanda on 7 March 2013, demanding the return of works seized.

According to Global Voices reports have emerged mainly through Facebook, and the protest was eventually dissipated by violent police intervention. A fatality was reported, although these statements have since been contradicted.

This has not been the first time that Brigadeiro 10 Pacotes’ musical works have been censored; in late 2011, the Ministry of Culture banned the sale of his album ‘Ditadura da Pedra’.

“Brigadeiro 10 Pacotes focuses his lyrics on problems within society, social inequality, political violence in Angola and the progress of the children of Angolan leaders,” Angola 24 Horas said.

Two years of fighting
On 7 March 2011, exactly two years before the demonstration for the confiscated DVDs, the protest movement against the government was launched with the slogan “32 [years] is too long”, demanding José Eduardo dos Santos’s exit from power. In August 2012, José Eduardo dos Santos was reelected for another five-year term.

Global Voices – 14 March 2013:
Banned Music and Missing Voices in Angola
Written by Sara Moreira · Translated by Georgi McCarthy

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