Paulo Flores is a legendary Angolan singer-songwriter keeping the flame of semba music alive in the 21st century. Semba is the elegant, earthy, African ancestor of Brazilian samba -- and the root of today's kuduro and kizomba dance crazes.
Flores' poetic compositions focus on everything from love and life to history and politics, tapping the roots that make semba the repository of decades of Angolan wit and wisdom. In a country where the deep wounds of civil war are plastered over with new oil money and a beachfront building boom, Paulo Flores keeps a nation's conscience and memory alive.
North American Booking: Alison Loerke