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A 16th-century Portuguese colony until 1975, Angola seems to keep a relatively low profile compared to some other African countries, and its Latin influence can be seen throughout capital city Luanda - from its architecture and language to its culture and nightlife.

Located in Southern Africa, the oil-producing and mineral-rich nation has a landscape that seems like a hodgepodge of one part desert, two servings of rainforest, one tablespoon of savannah, a pinch of plateau, and another part coastline - like many coastal African countries.

Matador will be publishing articles and photo essays that give us a peek into this seemingly reclusive nation.

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