United Nations Goodwill Ambassador to Angola, author, composer and interpreter, Paulo Flores has been building a remarkable work for twenty years.
The artist was part of the precursor movement of Kizomba with Eduardo Paim, Ruca Van-Dunen among others, his first album in 1988 included the theme “Isso é boda” the first time that the word Kizomba enters as a description of what at the time was only a dance but also Kizomba as a party.
This Kizomba movement is recognizable by an electronic coating that wears and supports a mix of zouk and traditional African music (Congo and Angola) that is then (and always) in everyone's memory.
Since the mid-90s, 94/95, Flores reappropriated the rhythms of the Semba of yesteryear, introducing lyrics in Portuguese mixed with the kimbundo and the slang of Luanda's mussekes and peripheries.
Later on, he revisits the classics of Angolan music from the 60s and 70s, accompanying them with traditional percussions (puita, Dikanza, Hungú and mukindo) with the show “Raiz da alma” that he presented at CCB in Lisbon and at Casa da Música do Porto, a show that mixed ethnic percussion with guitar strumming and African guitar melodies.
Paulo Flores inscribes his work in a language that is based on the search and valorization of the Angolan musical heritage, with space for the influence of other musical genres.
It appears today in this successful mix of African, Caribbean, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban influences.
Considered "The poet of the people" Paulo Flores is a storyteller of narratives that are faithful depositors of contemporary Angolan identity.
"His Lusitanian music unfolds, sparkling, in all its rigorous complexity, sometimes beautifully undulating, sometimes arranged with fingerings in a kind of rhythm that gives the impression of being able to sway within the songs".
Antoine Couder in Tout La Culture
"Recently, the semba poet and the youngest rapper in the group, Prodígio, have once again united their voices to give life to “Esperança”, a collaborative album. They say that when two souls are compatible, the interaction becomes a symbiotic process. It happened with the two artists".
Bruno Dinis in Bantumen
"In a perfect interaction with the various musicians and instruments - as he usually does in concerts that almost turns into jam sessions - Paulo Flores warned: "From Angola, for those who don't know, the semba". And played the theme Poema do Semba. And the dance came out. Pairs were formed. It danced. Flores was applauded".
Patrícia Viegas in Diário de Notícias