It is to be hoped that the statement by the Mass Media Minister that must promote "Morally Uplifting Songs". I'm hoping that something has been lost in the translation - any Media Minister who starts demanding 'morally uplifting' media content that 'promotes our national values' seems unlikely to prioritise media freedom and critical engagement. Particularly problematic in a country where the government was accused of intimidation and abuses of power over a protest led by hiphop artists just last year.
Speaking of critical engagement, this interesting article suggesting that President José Eduardo dos Santos might have channelled US$40 million to companies owned by his own family in the 2012 (fiscal year) budget is a little worrying. Angola's president has been in power for 32 years and it is unclear whether he will choose to run again this year.
*Although it turns out they do hold votes for Village Headmen, some of which are apparently being hi-jacked by Namibians:
"Namibians are really spoiling our politics and we do not appreciate it at all. Something needs to be done," said one Angolan traditional leader.