“Kuduro’s staff”, “a super cool person from the neighborhood”, “charismatic, creative and eccentric, son of the people and one of the symbols of youth”. This is how the Angolan musician Gelson Caio Manuel Mendes, better known as “Nagrelha”, who died on Friday, aged 36, of lung cancer, is described. The Kudurista’s thousands of fans filled the streets of Luanda for the last goodbye, in what is already considered the biggest funeral ever in the Angolan capital.
Considered the kuduro musician with the biggest legion of fans, “Nagrelha” was, together with Bruno King, Amizade and Andeloy, one of the founders of the musical group ‘Os Lambas’, which reached fame in the early 2000s. de Amizade, the group continued to draw crowds, but ended up breaking up in 2014 due to constant disagreements.
“Nagrelha”, or “Naná” as he was affectionately known, then pursued a solo career and released his first album in 2017. “The release of my solo album will mark my 15 years of artistic career as a singer, because that has always been a dream of mine,” he told Angola newspaper