Banga is difficult to translate, but synonyms of it would be style, attitude and personality, which is why I call Banga the essence of style. I really believe that it exists in every culture, however it seems that in some cultures people are braver than others in expressing the various forms of the word.
Bangão is someone who is courageous and confident enough to naturally express his or her Banga. As the editor of Lux Magazine from Angola says in the documentary, “a Bangão doesn’t force her style, it’s something that comes naturally.”
Bangaologia, or the science of style, is funny, because this word started out as an inside joke. As an artist and Angolan who grew up in a Western culture, I sometimes take a look back to appreciate my own culture from a different perspective as I’m both inside and outside of it. I started to realise how influential Banga was not only to me as an Angolan and African artist, but also to our society in general.