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Lourdes Van-Dúnem
Maria de Lourdes Pereira dos Santos Van-Dúnem

(1935-04-24)24 April 1935
Luanda, Angola
Died 4 January 2006(2006-01-04) (aged 70)
  • Singer
  • Florist
Years active 1960–1996

Maria de Lourdes Pereira dos Santos Van-Dúnem (29 April 1935 – 4 January 2006) was an Angolan singer. Usually called Lourdes Van-Dúnem, she was born in Luanda, and rose to stardom in the 1960s with the group Ngola Ritmos. She recorded her first album, Monami, with this group. She toured several times in Portugal, Algeria, and Brazil, in addition to performances in Angola. After her first album, most of her career was spent with the group Jovens do Prenda.

She received several awards and honors, the notable of which being "the Most Powerful of the Angolan music." during the festival "Sun City" in South Africa during 1997 and the diploma of the National Radio of Angola, year-end program "The Best Female Voice of Angolan music" during 1997.

She died in 2006 of typhoid fever and was survived by her daughter. The President of Angola, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, attended her funeral.

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