And I am here to keep my promise about getting to hear (so to speak) what THE TEACHER has to say. Get ready for class, y’all. You about to get schooled.
(PUNS ARE AWESOME!! DON’T JUDGE ME!!)
Anyway, I asked them about the title of the song in the live video I posted in the previous article (which you should go check out HERE). Just after I told them the song IS DOPE!!!:
Paulo Albuquerque (The Teacher) Of M’vula:
Good day! It’s great to really know that you are truly enjoying our songs! The title of the song you referred to before is “O Ser” which could be translated to “The Being.” It was the 2nd song we wrote when we started the band.
Sam of AudioInferno: The song is really heavy. And the audio is really clear. Did you guys hire someone to record or was it a fan? Also, what languages do you guys sing in?
There was a guy at the mixer that recorded straight from it while we were playing. We sing in two languages Portuguese and English. Most of the songs have are 50/50 split between Portuguese and English. The first few songs we created were mainly in Portuguese, but with the addition of M.G, the second vocalist (a guy that lived most of his life in the USA), it made sense to sing in both languages.
Now that my curiosity concerning that video has been satisfied, we can go on to the main lesson for the day.
AI: When and how was M’VULA born?
M’vula started in September 2008. The founders of the band are myself, I am the guitarist (I’m locally known as The Teacher) and Mauro Avelino (locally known as Lil’ Jorge). Lil’ Jorge is the main vocalist in the band he sings in Portuguese and has that fantastic coarse voice. Lil’ Jorge is also a highly respected Rap and Hip Hop musician in Angola whose heart was always into the rock and metal scene. When we got together we decided to fuse my musical interests (rock/grunge/punk and metal) with his.
All of the hard work is finally culminating this year. Angola is not really known for its rock metal scene. They are mainly into Kizomba Semba Kuduro etc. We have been lucky in having the opportunity of paving the way for the rock/metal scene in the country. Our audience has become highly diversified in the country people that would in the past never give a rock or metal a chance.
RAWK FIST, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS. PIONEERS IN THE HOUSE!
This I think in my opinion is because of the fusion we have between Rock/Metal with the more popular style of Rap Hip Hop in the country. We were awarded the best song production at the Angola Music Awards 2015, with the song “Filhos dessa Luta”.
From obscurity to Popularity. Recognize *Insert Gangsta Hand Gestures here*
AI: Yeah, I feel you, man. It’s the same in a lot of African countries. The scene isn’t strong here. Not yet anyway. What other challenges have you guys faced while making your music? Besides the size of the rock/metal scene there?
The usual problems that rock bands have in Africa, I guess. In the beginning, we had very few places that would actually allow us to play. The limited places we had to play meant that at one point you kept playing to the same crowd. However, this also allowed us to slowly start building a faithful fan base.
The other problems we faced and still face is related to the sound engineers here.
Most have never even listened to rock or metal. So they don’t really understand how to correctly equalize the mixer. So we end up in many cases having to do everything ourselves. 🙁
We have also had the opportunity tho play abroad. We’ve been lucky to have gigs in Europe. One of the most difficult things we face here is the sound check. It can take ages to get done! When we play in Europe those guys literally do everything in like 30 minutes. No stress, no hurdles.
One other major problem we have had to face as well is overcoming the image that anyone who likes rock and/or Metal is a person that worships Satan. Sounds crazy but the stereotype is still present here. The younger generations are more open-minded and are slowly changing this here.
AI: Yeah, the “ROCK IS SATAN’S MUSIC” debate was also a thing here. Still is, but it’s not as bad. I think it’s because some people heard bands call their genre “DEATH METAL, GOREGRIND or BLACKENED MELODIC DOOM METAL” etc
AI: One thing I think helped ease the tension is that some people started paying attention to the lyrics and realized that a lot of these bands had A LOT TO SAY. DEEP STUFF.
OKAY!! WAIT! TIME OUT. I think they said they played in Europe! For real? This we gotta hear about.
In the next post!!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!
The final part of the interview will be published on Saturday so stay tuned. You can catch up on the first post HERE