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VOA Broadcasting in Portuguese to Africa

The VOA Portuguese to Africa service broadcasts to Lusophone Africa and other countries where there are sizable Portuguese-speaking communities. The Portuguese broadcasts also reach East Timor, a Portuguese-speaking country in Southeast Asia, as well as Brazil via shortwave and the Internet. The program line-up includes news, discussions, interviews and a wide variety of features, including music and art. The service also broadcasts a one-hour call-in show (radio and Facebook) Angola Fala So every Friday; a daily 30-minutes Facebook Live, Washington After Hours, and it offers several video products, such as the VOA60 news capsule and the Hollywood-oriented Red Carpet. It produces a Washington Bureau feature for national television of Mozambique, TVM.

Quick Facts

Established: May 1976

Target Areas: Lusophone Africa

Radio Programming: 12.5 hours live per week

TV Programming: 15 min. per week

VOA60 Africa 1 minute 5 days/week
VOA60 World 1 minute 5 days/week

Digital Programming:

Facebook Live: Washington After Hours

30 min. M-F and

Angola Fala So -- One-hour Friday

Programs and features available at:


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Programs and Features

The service produces a 90-minute program, Monday-Thursday, from 1700-1830 UTC. The Friday broadcast is two-hours long (from 1630-1830 UTC) and includes a one-hour long Angola call-in program. The 90-minute weekday program takes a comprehensive look at the day’s events, including business and sports, interviews, reports, and features.

The first half-hour includes Angola Window, which covers the daily lives of Angolans with stringers based in Luanda (the capital) and in several of the country’s provinces. On weekends, Angola Window focuses on current political issues, as well as social and cultural themes.

On Fridays, it offers a 60-minute call-in show, Angola, Fala Só (Just Say It) from 16:30-17:30 UTC in which one or two guests answer Angolan listeners’ questions. On Saturday and Sunday, the service broadcasts a 60-minute show from 1700-1800 UTC. Broadcast segments include: Your Health, Agenda Africa, Themes and Debates, Arts and Entertainment, Politics in Angola & Top Ten, Angola’s Human Face or Angola’s Culture, Ask Dr. Nidia and Listener Club.

Washington Fora d’horas (Washington After Hours) is a fast-paced daily 30-minute Facebook Live show providing breaking news in politics, economics and social issues all over the world and in Lusophone Africa.

Passadeira Vermelha (Red Carpet) is a 15-minute weekly program that covers the latest in celebrity news, fashion, sports, film and television around the world.

Washington Bureau is a weekly feature about the United States produced for the National Television of Mozambique.

VOA Portuguese to Africa currently has two TV affiliates in Mozambique which air Washington Bureau VOA60Africa, VOA60Mundo, and Red Carpet, as well as 4 radio affiliates. The service also has seven radio affiliates in Guinea-Bissau, and two radio and one TV affiliates in Cape Verde.