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‘Down in the street market where we were filming a dance sequence I came across fake Vans sneakers for £58, on a stall next to a woman killing chickens with her bare hands.’A one-bedroom apartment in the city centre costs £7,500 a month to rent. Ana Cristiana Pinto, an attractive 23-year-old who was sent out of the country for her education, as were many Angolans during the long and bloody civil war, explains: ‘For many years we had nothing here. This helps explain how a pair of Puma trainers can cost £185 and why the room-service spaghetti bolognese in our hotel restaurant is £32.
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At this time of year, sea fog from the relentless Benguela Current threads itself grimly each morning between half-built tower blocks dominating the building site that is Luanda, the dusty capital of Angola.
Dancing is part of being Angolan Semba is a high tempo very energetic, fast paced and upbeat music.
It’s a dance that gets its name from “Masemba”, a word which means “a touch of the bellies”, the motion that characterizes this type of dancing.