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Mon, 10 Aug 2020 19:36 - Updated Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:20

Musician Waldemar Bastos dies at 66

Luanda - Waldemar Bastos, one of Angola's most prominent and famous musicians, died Monday in Lisbon (Portugal) of disease at the age of 66, Angop learned.

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Musician Waldemar Bastos.

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The information was released by the culture attaché of the Angolan embassy in Lisbon, Luandino de Carvalho, who said Waldemar Bastos had been sick for some time.

Waldemar dos Santos Alonso de Almeida Bastos, also known as Waldemar Bastos, was born in M'Banza Kongo, northern Zaire province, on 4 January 1954.

The musician started his career very young, having left the country for Portugal after Angola’s independence in 1975.

In his 40-year career, Waldemar Bastos was awarded the diploma of founding member of the Angolan Union of Artists and Composers (UNAC-SA) and the World Music Award in 1999.

The New York Times in 1999 considered his record “Black Light” as one of the best pieces of its time.

In 2018, Bastos was awarded the National Culture and Arts Prize.

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