Natural de Luanda, o cantor e compositor Filipe Mukenga é um dos mais consagrados músicos angolanos. A sua carreira musical já conta com 45 anos e inclui quatro discos: Novo Som (1991), Kianda Kianda (1994), Mimbu Iami (2003) e Nós Somos Nós (2009), este último gravado totalmente no Brasil e com participações de renomados artistas brasileiros tais como o Martinho da Vila e o Ivan Lins. Colabora frequentemente com o músico Filipe Zau, e juntos compuseram o hino do Can 2010, “Angola, País do Futuro”. As músicas de Filipe Mukenga já apareceram em várias compilações internacionais, sendo uma das mais famosas a sua aparição no projecto da ONG Search for Common Ground, “Angola Solta a Tua Voz”, na companhia de outros grandes nomes da música angolana. É o autor de ‘Humbi-Humbi’, um clássico da música angolana.
Over the next couple of weeks the Lounge will highlight all the artists that will be present in this year's Luanda International Jazz Festival, many times using posts that have already been featured here. The line-up is mouthwatering and includes such jazz virtuosos as George Benson and Ronny Jordan, funky beats by Freshlyground and 340ml, oladera and batuque by Lura, Cameroonian tunes by Blick Bassy...the list goes on. Filipe Mukenga is opening the festivities, with a performance Friday at 19h30 on the Palanca Stage.
Filipe Mukenga is the first act of the Luanda International Jazz Festival. Luanda born and raised, the singer and songwriter is one of the most celebrated Angolan musicians. He’s been singing for 45 years and has so far released four albums: Novo Som (1991), Kianda Kianda (1994), Mimbu Iami (2003) and Nós Somos Nós (2009). This last one was completely recorded in Brazil and features some of Brazil’s musical stalwarts, including Martinho da Vila and Ivan Lins. He frequently collaborates with musician Filipe Zau, and together they composed the CAN 2010 anthem “Angola, Country of the Future”. Filipe Mukenga’s songs have appeared in various international compilations, with one of the most famous being on the album “Angola Solta a Tua Voz” by the NGO Search for Common Ground, in the company of other notable Angolan musicians. Humbi-Humbi below is one of his most memorable tunes, a classic of Angolan music.