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Angolan musician Mário Rui Silva performs in September in the United Kingdom

Angolan musician Mário Rui Silva will give two concerts in September in the United Kingdom, as part of the recent edition of an English compilation of songs by the author, announced the London publisher Time Capsule.


"Angolan guitarist, singer and composer, Mário Rui Silva will finally get the recognition he deserves," says Time Capsule editor Kay Suzuki, in a statement, regarding the concerts scheduled for September 11th and 12th, in Margate and London, respectively.

On these two dates, Mário Rui Silva will be accompanied by musicians Mário Garnacho (keyboards), Nelson Oliveira (bass), Tello Morgado (percussion) and Elias Kakomanolis (drums).

In June, Time Capsule released a compilation entitled "Stories From Another Time 1982-1988", which centers on three albums recorded by Mário Rui Silva in Angola in the 1980s: "Sung'Ali" (1982), "Tunapenda Afrika (1985) and "Koizas dum Otru Tempu" (1988).

"I feel that Mário is a kind of hidden legend, that nobody knows, but when you look at his work, you see how beautiful and well done it is", said Kay Suzuki to Lusa agency, shortly before the edition of compilation.

The edition seeks to document the musician's journey into the heart of traditional Angolan music, while crossing it with jazz languages, classical instrumentation or rhythms from various parts of West Africa.

With the guitar at the center, as it has always been in Mário Rui Silva's career, the songs also reflect the meticulous work of the artist as a scholar of the culture of his country, whether semba as a musical language or language, for example the editing of his essay for a comparative grammar between Kimbundu and Portuguese.

Born in Luanda in 1953, Mário Rui Silva was a disciple of Liceu Vieira Dias, considered one of the "fathers" of Angolan popular music and co-founder of N'Gola Ritmos, a musical group that assumed in music a form of resistance to Portuguese colonialism.

It was from the teachings of Liceu Vieira Dias that Mário Rui Silva "gained a technical, political and spiritual understanding of Angola's musical culture", notes the editor Time Capsule.

"He IS a very humble musician, but technically what he does with the guitar is impressive and then the messages he conveys in the songs almost gravitate towards the blues tradition," notes Kay Suzuki.

The songs also cross several influences from West Africa, even counting on the integration of a kora, built by Mário Rui Silva himself, he stressed.

The compilation came after one of the disc's curators, Sam Jacob, discovered the album "Koizas dum Outru Tempu" in a store in London. Sam Jacob and Kay Suzuki ended up looking for the rest of Mário Rui Silva's work, contacted the artist and decided to proceed with the editing.

"The label's concept is that every song has a good story behind it and you can capture that moment, like a time capsule. This album is very experimental, it seems like it has almost no borders, that he was making a he travels on his own, but focuses on this study of semba, of its roots", he clarified.

Despite not having had a "great impact in Angola or Portugal, he is an impressive artist", whose story "deserves to be told", stressed the editor.

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