Unpretentiously, but assertively, not compatible with what is politically correct, socially sharing out loud,
but silencing the silence that speaks. Through the diversity of voices and experiences that introduce them,
we intend to convene and stimulate a debate that is permanently adjourned or introduced by other voices.
Born in Mozambique in 1971. He found in rap his form of expression and, in 1990, organized the first festival of this kind in Portugal, at Incrível Almadense in Almada, an initiative that included the participation of various icons of the Portuguese urban culture of the period such as the Black Company, the Líderes da Nova Mensagem, or African Power. A few years later, General D became the first national rapper
to sign a record contract.
CULTURE AND DIVERSITY OR HOW TO PROVIDE A VOICE AND A PLACE TO DIFFERENCE
Manuel Luís Dias dos Santos aka Nelo Santos was born in Angola in 1971 and lives in Lisbon. He graduated in Sociology from ISCTE, and in History from the Institute of Educational Sciences of the Agostinho Neto University and in the University Centre of Benguela. He was a journalist for fifteen years with special interest in the cultural area, at Rádio Morena Comercial-Benguela, Emissora Provincial of Benguela, Rádio Nacional of Angola, among others. He works with non-governmental organizations and is involved in social, academic and cultural projects.
CITY, IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY: THE GHETTO IS NOT AN ACCIDENT
Rapper and Cape Verdean activist, he lives in Cova da Moura, Amadora, since 2002. He began writing his first rhymes when he was fourteen. Through hip-hop, where is known as L.B.C. Soldjah (Luta Bu Consegui/Luta Bu Conquista), he has made a critical analysis of society and uses hip-hop as a tool for awareness and emancipation. He integrates several groups of artists and activists such as Nóz Ki Nási Ómi Ki Ta Móri Ómi and Plataforma Gueto. He has published two works Lágrimas de Sangue and V2D (Vencidoriz de dificuldadiz, Destinadu a vensi).
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE AN AFRICAN FROM LISBON?
Born in Guinea-Bissau, she is 32 and lives in Lisbon. She graduated in Modern and Contemporary History at ISCTE and holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies. She is currently a doctoral student in African Studies at Instituto Universitário of Lisbon. The investigations she has developed mainly address gender relationship issues, development, the State, politics and power in Guinea-Bissau. She has participated in projects and initiatives in several areas, alongside academic activities and socio-cultural intervention.