The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Environment, Filipe Zau, in a condolence note quoted by Jornal de Angola, addressed to the family "feelings of regret": "In this hour of pain and deep sadness, the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Environment, Filipe Silvino de Pina Zau, on behalf of all its collaborators, addresses feelings of condolence to the bereaved family and to the National Union of Artists and Composers".
António Pascoal Fortunato, known as Tonito Fortunato, was born in Icolo Bengo, on June 6, 1940. He defended national music and culture, and ended up passing these values on to his brother Jomo Fortunato.
In addition, according to Jornal de Angola, the musician also documented the history of national music so that singers and composers could get to know it better.
Tonito Fortunato leaves a rich curriculum, including the album "Mafumeira" (released in 2015) which was recorded between Luanda, Paris and Faro and comprises songs in Portuguese and Kimbundu, writes Jornal de Angola, which adds that in its history they highlight There are also themes such as "Monangambé", "Undengue Uami", "Canto Evocativo", "Mariquinha" and "Engraxador".
In addition, in 2011, Tonito was honored at the Luanda Song Festival, with participants giving voice to themes of his creation.
It should be noted that the musician worked with the Ngola Ritmos group and served as Angola's cultural attaché in São Tomé and Príncipe, writes Jornal de Angola.