Mopiopio

Director: Zézé Gamboa
Country: Angola
Year: 1991
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: Portuguese

Over the past decade Brazilian music has become a worldwide sensation, yet, the rich musical traditions of Angola, the native homeland of many Africans now living in Brazil, remains sadly unknown. The first documentary to examine this dulcet heritage, Mopiopio is a joyous celebration of Angolan music. In his first feature film, Zézé Gamboa contrasts the austerity of daily life in Angola with the rich abundance of its popular music. From the most traditional forms to the latest exponents of afro-jazz, Mopiopio explores the place of musical culture in Angolan life as well as its role in the ongoing political struggles.