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Angola Freedom Songs

Angola Freedom Songs

The Union of Peoples of Angola (UPA) began a sustained armed struggle against the Portuguese colonial forces in 1961. This album, recorded in 1962, contains songs from the UPA fighters that proclaim the need to fight against the Portuguese, and to support and join the UPA troops. According to the lyrics to one song, “When we were born / We found Angola under Portuguese rule / We know now it belongs to us.” The album also contains an eyewitness account of what occurred after the recording, offering a unique perspective on recording freedom songs in the middle of a war zone. The liner notes contain background on Portuguese colonial rule in Angola and lyrics translated into English.

Track Listing

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Kumpwaza! UPA Fighters 0:26
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102
You Who Do Not Believe UPA Fighters 2:27
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103
When We Were Born UPA Fighters 1:08
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104
Portuguese, Go Away! UPA Fighters 1:40
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105
Do You Know Christ's Name? UPA Fighters 3:13
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106
Portuguese Are Arrested UPA Fighters 1:16
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107
We Do Not Want to be Governed UPA Fighters 1:17
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108
Don't Be Afraid UPA Fighters 0:49
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109
We are Going to Fight UPA Fighters 2:29
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110
The Country Belongs to Us UPA Fighters 1:49
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111
Angolans Who Want Freedom UPA Fighters 1:36
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112
Rallying Cry UPA Fighters 0:17
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201
Bugle Alarm Call UPA Fighters 0:34
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202
I Want to be a Soldier UPA Fighters 2:24
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203
World's Savior is Knocking b) Soldier Drills UPA Fighters 2:46
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Eye Witness Account UPA Fighters 7:32

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