Africa-Press – Angola. The head of the Department of Cultural Action, Pascoal Pedro Nhanga, urged, Saturday, in Huambo, the makers of the folk music style to be increasingly united and the first to value and disseminate the musical genre in the new generations, taking into account the cultural and traditional nature.
Pascoal Pedro Nhanga, who was speaking during a roundtable on the theme “Valorisation, preservation, promotion and massification of folk music”, which took place at the Provincial Library of Huambo, on the occasion of World Music Day, defended the need to educate citizens in the rescue and preservation of traditional values, avoiding the risk of loss of cultural wealth.
Folk music, he said, is a traditional, oral style, sung in the national language and which portrays the historical experiences and inheritances left by the ancestors, which must be protected by generations, cooperating for their exaltation.
He assured that the musical genre, with emphasis on Onhatcho, Olundongo and Sawaiya constitute, according to the head of the Department of Local Cultural Action, a great reference and intangible wealth that has been resisting for many years in the Central Plateau region, being of international consumption.
The music of the artists Viñgiñgi, Handanga, Bessa Teixeira and Picantes are folk and traditional styles consumed worldwide, whose essence is the appreciation and preservation of our cultural identity.
Pascoal Pedro Nhanga advised the youth to continue the transmission and massification of music, considered a historical identity of our cultural wealth, with actions aimed at guaranteeing the stability of traditional culture, on the one hand.
On the other hand, the provincial secretary of the Associação da Música Folclórica, Isabel Jepele “Mamã Jepele”, assured that there is, today, in rural communities, the interest of many young people in making music of the folkloric genre and, through this, recovering cultural traits, but the lack of incentive and support makes them withdraw from this practice.
Mamã Jepele explained that the style carries numerous meanings and cultural values of the region, which, when played, you can hear the rhythms of various musical instruments used such as batuque, ombumbumba, mussa, otchingunfu, olosangu and olumbendo.