Waldemar Bastos wins National Culture and Arts Award in Music

Luanda – The musician Waldemar Bastos is the winner of the National Prize for Culture and Arts, edition 2018, in the musical modality, the chairperson of the jury Vatomene Kukanda announced Wednesday in Luanda.

According to the jury, the prize was awarded to him as an incentive as his compositions and interpretations focused on revolutionary, popular urban and classic national and international music.

Waldemar dos Santos Alonso de Almeida Bastos, known as Waldemar Bastos, was born in M’Banza Kongo, capital of the province of Zaire, on January 4, 1954.

He is a musician and composer who combines afropop, fado and Brazilian influences.


He started singing at a very early age using his father’s instruments. After independence of Angola in 1975, he emigrated to Portugal.

Waldemar Bastos considers his music as a reflection of his own life and his experiences, composed to praise the national identity.

His themes make an appeal to universal fraternity. Throughout his 40-plus year career, he was honored with a 25-year Founding Member Diploma from the Union of Artists and Composers (UNAC-SA) and an Award in 1999 for World Music.

The New York Times considered in 1999, his album “Black Light” one of the best works of the time.


1983: We Are Together (EMI Records Ltd) 1

989: Angola My Girlfriend (EMI Portugal)

1992: Pitanga Madura (EMI Portugal)

1997: Pretaluz [blacklight] (Luaka Bop)

2004: Renascence (World Connection)

2008: Love Is Blindness (2008)

2012: Classics of my soul (2012)

The National Prize for Culture and Arts is awarded in the categories of literature, plastic arts, dance, music, theater, film and audiovisual, research in human and social sciences, popular cultural festivities and cultural journalism.

The National Prize for Culture and Arts is the most important distinction of the Angolan State in this sector, with the main objective of encouraging artistic and cultural creation as well as scientific research in the humanities and social sciences.

The prize is a tribute and incentive to the creative genius of the Angolans, in order to perpetuate among the citizens ideas aimed at understanding the multiple forms of artistic creation and diversity of the linguistic and cultural manifestations of the people and the Nation.

Source: Angola Press News Agency