A Taste of Angola in Houston

Houston is such an international city, and I love showcasing that diversity on “Is It Art, Yet?” That’s why I invited singer, songwriter and musician Vivalda Dula to perform on the show.

She hails from Angola and is now sharing her gift of music in the Bayou City on her album “Insanidade Mental” (Mental Insanity in Portuguese). Vivalda also plays a mean “Djembe” drum – watch the show below, and you’ll find this instrument actually has a pretty interesting background and meaning.

Her music combines soul with the influences of Africa – it’s hard to stay still while listening to it! Vivalda performed with her band consisting of MV-Robert, a classical guitarist and Tomas Gallego, a bass guitarist.

Aside from multiple appearances at international festivals around country and the world, releasing new music and producing/directing plays for Houston Community College, Vivalda is also actively involved with a special movement against child labor, sponsored by the International Labor Organization.

Learn more about this multi-cultural artist and how her music is spreading a powerful message.

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