The Angolan Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced today the death, in Luanda, of Gelson Caio Manuel Mendes (‘Nagrelha’), a well-known singer of Kuduro, an Angolan music and dance genre, “with the largest legion of fans in Angola”.
In a note, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Filipe Zau, said that “it was with deep pain and dismay” that he became aware of the physical passing of Gelson Caio Manuel Mendes, stage name ‘Nagrelha’, from the musical group “Os Lambas”. .
‘Nagrelha’, 36 years old, born in Luanda, died today at D. Alexandre do Nascimento hospital (Luanda Sanatorium), and leaves a widow and four children.
The singer, considered the “General Staff of Kuduro”, during the illness even traveled to the Portuguese city of Porto, due to respiratory problems, a struggle that lasted seven months.
“’Nagrelha’ is the Kudu singer with the largest legion of fans in Angola, one of the founders of the group ‘Os Lambas’, with a peculiar way of singing, won Kuduro in 2000”, underlines the note from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism .
The emblematic singer was the author of several successful songs such as “Não me Tarraxa Assim”, “Wamona”, “Katronga Violenta”, “Dizumba Grande”, “Banzelo”, “Toque do Nana”, “Comboio”, “Provou e Gostou ”, among other musical themes.
“At this time of pain and mourning, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Filipe Silvino de Pina Zau, on behalf of the heads and employees of his ministerial department, addresses his feelings of condolence to the bereaved family and friends”, stresses the ministerial note.