By Francis Bebey, Josephine Bennett

Attractive and enlightening, this advisor explores African music's types, musicians, tools, and position within the lifetime of the folks. A discography categorized through state, topic, team, and device can be included.

Original variation: 1969
English translation: 1975, Josephine Bennett

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His rival, Alvaro, did not favour a Portuguese connection but had good links with French slave traders at Boma on the Congo River who were shipping ‘free blacks’ to the Caribbean planters of Martinique. The French provided Alvaro with enough good quality textiles to bribe the Kongo electors into choosing him, rather than Pedro, as their king. A third party in the negotiations, Prince Nicholas, was not himself a candidate since he was a son of Henry II, not a nephew. In 1845 Nicholas had been sent to Lisbon for his education and he now served as a senior civil servant in the Luanda administration.

The most prestigious Catholic church was the church of Nazaré on the northern fore-shore. The decorations were of vibrant blue tiles depicting the great battle of Ambuila in which the Portuguese colonial army of 1665, led by a Creole officer, had defeated the king of Kongo and his mercenary musketeers, who were also led by a Creole officer. It was in front of this church that the African élite liked to be seen on high days and holidays, wrapped in their finest cotton prints and wearing their most gaudy head-scarves.

It was in front of this church that the African élite liked to be seen on high days and holidays, wrapped in their finest cotton prints and wearing their most gaudy head-scarves. Services continued to be held under the authority of the ‘Bishop of Kongo’ whose seat had been moved from San Salvador to Luanda two centuries earlier. Two priests, one black and the other mestizo, were available to conduct services. Tams came to call on a day when the church was thronged with black African worshippers but the priests managed to squeeze him, as an honoured guest, into the corner of a pew and offered him Brazilian sweetmeats washed down with wine.

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