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Musician Paulo Flores reveals the secrets of 'semba'

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Paulo Flores at the Rio Loco festival in Toulouse in 2012.
Paulo Flores at the Rio Loco festival in Toulouse in 2012. Sophie Gisclard

In this edition of World Music Matters, RFI’s Brenna Daldorph spoke with Paulo Flores, one of Angola’s most famous musicians and the father of modern semba music, when he spoke at an event by Modern Moves. Semba is well-known for inspiring innovative and acrobatic dancing with your partner. However, Paulo’s haunting lyrics add a poetic element to the music and even inspires activism. Paulo gave us a glimpse into some of the secrets of semba.

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