Vivalda Dula performing live at Elinga Teatro in Luanda
|Birth name||Vivalda Patrícia António Branco|
|Genres||World, Afro-Pop, Jazz, afrobeat|
|Instruments||Vocals, Djembe, Multi-percussion, Guitar, Banji|
|Labels||DBACS Music Division|
Life and career
Early life and education
Vivalda Dula was born in Luanda, Angola. She is the sixth of ten siblings. Her father was a former FAPLA soldier during the Angolan Civil War period. When he returned unstable from the war, Dula's mother worried about the children's safety ran away from him taking the children including Vivalda Dula. Two years later Dula's father died when she was only 9 years old. In her late teens, she was a football player and enter to a second-division team called Footscola in Terra Nova. She earned a scholarship from Footscola that allowed her to conclude her pre-university studies in Social Science at private school named "Cruz Linda" in Luanda.
Vivalda Dula started her artistic career as Dancer signed by MINESSA Afro-contemporary Dance Company and last until 2004. Later on, she moved to MANESSÉMA Afro-contemporary Dance Company with whom she toured in Spain for the 7th International Festival of Traditional Music and Dance in Valencia. Also, she co-hosted the Angolan Public Television show “Estrelas ao Palco” in 2004.
While studying for a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs at UPRA University in Luanda, Dula worked a day job as Assistant of former Japan Ambassador in Angola, Mr. Kazuhiko Koshikawa helping to pay for tuition fees of her 3 youngest brothers and sisters and also to help her widowed mother in her country - Angola, where socio-economic and politic life was very unstable. Then, Dula relocated to the USA, where she got an Associated Degree at the Houston Community College.
In 2009 Dula created the Afro-contemporary Dance and Percussion company Karapinha Dura and began experimenting with the fusion of Angolan traditional sound and classical music.
Her first musical show was the Afro-contemporary “MUJÍTU” or “The Guest“, created in 2010. The show written, produced and directed by herself premiered in 2011 in Luanda then in Houston in 2013 during the 6th Akwaaba Dance and Drum Festival.
In 2013 Vivalda released her first solo work an EP “Insanidade Mental” (Mental Insanity). She toured the United States with "Vivalda Dula USA Tour 2014 - Henda Mua Ngola" to promote the album, performing in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City, Austin and Houston.
Throughout her career, Vivalda Dula performed for Angola Embassy in Washington D.C, Montreal Jazz Festival, Fethiye World Music Festival in Turkey. In 2010, Vivalda Dula and her band sung in the opening of the "Beat and Wind from Japanasia" taiko show in Luanda.
Vivalda cited as her inspiration during younger years Angolan and world influential musicians and bands as Mito Gaspar, Bonga (musician), Waldemar Bastos, Ngola Ritmos, Miriam Makeba, Angelique Kidjo, Tina Turner and Ella Fitzgerald. Mostly she sings in Portuguese and Kimbundu Angola native language, and sometimes in Spanish and English. Her musical style blends together Angolan traditional roots, jazz, rock and soul.
- DULA, 2018 (Album) AFRICA, 2015 (Album) INSANIDADE MENTAL, 2013 (EP)
| 2016, single "Je t´aime" feat Cheick Hamala Diabaté, nominated for Grammy Award.
|1.||"Henda Mua Ngola"||3:37|
|3.||"Marcas Do Meu Olhar"||4:27|
|2.||"Henda Mua Ngola"||4:46|
|5.||"Gibanu O Lu Kuaku Lue"||4:55|
|7.||"Negro de Desejo"||3:21|
|8.||"Flauta do Cantor"||3:40|
Awards and nominations
|2014||XMA||Best Singer, songwriter||Insanidade Mental||Won|
|2014||XMA||Live performance||Insanidade Mental||Won|
|2015||StarAfrica Sound||Best Song||Africa||Nominated|
|58th Annual Grammy Awards||Best World Music Album||Africa||1st round of the Ballots|
|2016||Angola Music Awards||Best Afro-Jazz||Flauta do Cantor||Nominated|
- "StarAfrica Sounds : Vivalda Dula - Africa". StarAfrica. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- "Vivalda Dula - Henda Mua Ngola". World Music Network. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
- Manuel Albano (2015-10-27). "As batidas do Mali em disco angolano" (in Portuguese). JornaldeAngola. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- Manuel Albano (2014-10-26). "Duda à conquista dos Estados Unidos" (in Portuguese). Jornal de Angola Online. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- Vanessa Black (2015-05-20). "Fethiye Confidential - Viva Fethiye". Fethiye Times. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- Jane Akatay (2015-05-19). "Fethiye reaches out to the world through music". Fethiye Times. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
- "Uluslararası Fethiye Festivali". Fethiye Bulteni. 2015-05-16. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
- Sue (2010-02-20). ""Beat and Wind" from Japanasia". Life in Luanda. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
- "Summer Sounds Concert: "An Angolan Adventure with Vivalda Dula"". HoustonCultureMap. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- "Vilvada Dula: The New Face of Angolan World Music". AfricVisions. 2015-05-06. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- "Vivalda Dula Release Album Africa in Houston". Eventful Houston. 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
- "StarAfrica Sounds 2015". StarAfrica. Retrieved 2015-11-02.