Tchombé, pictured right, performing with Beto Kalulu

Funeral of local musician held one month after death

The funeral of a Lagoa musician, who succumbed to sudden illness before a concert one month ago, was finally held in the town on Thursday last week.

As per the Portuguese law, the authorities had to wait one month for a family relative to claim the body before the funeral could be held. As this didn’t happen, a group of friends began planning the funeral arrangements and a month later were able to provide their dear friend a dignified end to his life.

Angola-born Carlos Jorge, better known among friends as Tchombé, was a percussionist with the popular Algarve band Beto Kalulu and a much-loved member ofthe local community.

His band mates and friends had made endless contacts with the Angolan embassy for help in finding a family relative that would claim the body.

Marcos Vito from the band was even interviewed by TVi channel, while artist Beto Kalulu himself campaigned on Facebook for help in exerting pressure on the Portuguese authorities for the body to be released and the funeral held.

The release order arrived from the Ministério Público last week and the funeral held on January 3.