Te Macedo is the first lyrical Angolan singer, a specialist in marimba and author of the first project of Angolan classical music.
Te Macedo was born in Luanda, in 1970, where she began her musical studies in the Music Academy. She has studied piano and classical dance with the teachers Ana Clara Marques and Yanina Raimondovna. She took classical guitar and clarinet lessons with the Manuel Chimbandongo and Juan Lorenzo.
Having acquired a scholarship from the Portuguese state, she entered the Lisbon Public School of Music to study piano with Ana Valente and later on with Dinorah Cruz, having finished the fifth year.
In 1989, along with the public school, she began taking bel canto lessons in the Portuguese Musical Youth, in Professor Maria de Repas Goncalves’ class, during which she had her first public audition.
In 1991, some singing teachers became aware of her impressive vocal potential and urged her to fully dedicate herself to the singing studies, which she would eventually finish in Professor Filomena Amaro’s class, obtaining 18 marks, after having studied with Manuela de Se, Cristina de Castro, Wagner Dinis.
She has been improving her vocals in the presence of outstanding singing-masters, such as: Ileana Cotrubas, Liliane Bisinek, Helmut Lips, Baibourina Zoukhra, Helena Dumitrescu, Galina Pisarenko, Elsa Saque, among others.
She has studied drama performance with Joao Paes as well as basic jazz in the Hot Club of Lisbon. Maestros, such as Joao Paulo Santos, Michael Corboz and Galina Pizarenko, have written compliment letters, expressing her remarkable talent and extraordinary vocal qualities.
Throughout her career she has already performed extremely important concerts. At present, she studies Law at Universidade Lusada, where she is an active founding member of African Students Corpus.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.