QUERIDA ANGOLA

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My land is so beautiful
My land is so rich

Rich in spite of so much poverty
Not enough bread, happiness and love
Rich in spite of so much poverty
Not enough bread, happiness and love

Rich is spite of so many lies
Not enough bread, happiness and love

Angola, Angola, Angola
You don’t belong to strangers
Angola, Angola, Angola
You don’t belong to this one or that one
Angola, Angola, Angola mamãué
Angola, Angola, Angola you’re not a bastard son

Our marvelous people,
People full of tenderness
Today you know no happiness
You need love
To be happy some day

Our marvelous people
A people full of tenderness
Today you know no happiness
You need bread and peace
To be happy some day

Angola, Angola, Angola
You don’t belong to strangers
Angola, Angola, Angola
You’re not a bastard son

Angola belongs to the people
Angola belongs to the people
Angola belongs to the people

description: “Querida Angola” [“Beloved Angola”] is a semba, a folk musical and dance form that provided the rhythmic base for the Brazilian samba and Afro-Cuban music. The song is at once a plea for less extremism and a love song to my native land, since Angola is, after all, feminine, and a woman is something a man should respect, cherish and celebrate.