The online platform Bantumen returns this year to choose the 100 most influential black personalities in Lusophony, repeating the 2021 initiative, Vanessa Sanches, founder of that digital magazine, told Lusa agency this Monday.
BABTUMEN, an electronic magazine in Portuguese, has just published the list of the 100 most Influential black personalities in Lusophony, including the emblematic São Tomé singer “General”, João Seria, the legendary vocalist of Conjunto Africa Negra de São Tomé and Prince.
From a universe of more than 200 candidates, including artists, academics, sportsmen, entrepreneurs and digital influencers, the “PowerList 100 Most Influential Personalities of Lusophony” will be chosen. São Luiz Teatro Municipal, in Lisbon and also in digital format on the electronic portal https://powerlist100.bantumen.com/.
The more than 200 names considered are citizens of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe.” Celebrating and giving global visibility to the journey of excellence of the Afro-descendant community is the motto of the initiative associates with the International Day of Human Rights to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, in which the nominees have in common a sense of representativeness and belonging among the black Portuguese-speaking community”,pointed out Vanessa Sanches.
“This project has had a huge support since its first edition in 2021, which confirmed that it was something that was needed within the community. It is with great pride that we are now launching the second edition that brings some news”, he adds. In this second edition, Djassi Africa and Startup Portugal join the initiative to distinguish “three notable entrepreneurs of 2022”, said Vanessa Sanches.
Power List 100, explains that “General” João Seria “is one of the most emblematic singers from São Tomé of the last century. He is the leader of the group “Conjunto África Negra”, founded in the 70s on the Island of São Tomé, which, in addition to marking its space in the country in an irreproachable way is one of the bands that until today makes itself felt in the CPLP space and in other parameters of the world.
In July 2021, he was honored by the Government of São Tomé and Príncipe for his appreciable contribution to the enhancement of national culture, especially in the musical field. the singer Joss Stone stands out. “General João Séria” interprets several widely known songs, such as “Aninha”, “Carambola Nova Moca”, “Pedlêlo” and others.