The musician Gelson Caio Manuel Mendes “Nagrelha” from the group Os Lambos died this Friday, 18th, at the age of 36, a victim of illness, the director of Hospital D. Alexandre do Nascimento confirmed to Novo Jornal.
In June, the kudurist “Nagrelha” was hospitalized in one of the hospital units, in Luanda, having then traveled to the city of Porto, in Portugal, for treatment, due to respiratory problems.
Nagrelha called himself the “general staff” of kuduro, and is one of the most influential musicians in national music and moved crowds in the streets and stages of the country.
He married dancer Weza Mendes, a former member of the “Foguentas” group, in 2012.
Last December, the Kudurist was the winner of the 1st edition of the Angolan reality show Luta Pela Fama and received a T3 residence as a prize, in the Infinity Gold condominium, located in Luanda.
The Kudurist, who dispensed with public presentations, was also known as “Nanã”, and began his artistic career in 2003 in the group “Os Lambas”, also called “Os Deônios do Sambizanga”.
Son of a Santomean father and an Angolan mother, he grew up in his maternal grandmother’s house and was raised by his mother and uncles in the Sambizanga neighbourhood.
In 2017, Nagrelha released his first solo album entitled “Arquitecto da paz” in honor of the President of the Republic José Eduardo dos Santos.
Father of four children, Naweza, Otchai Nahara and Mirelson, the Kudurist built the house of his dreams, in the neighborhood where he was born and raised, Sambinzanga. NJ