Mozambican Artist Malangatana Ngwenya Dead at 74

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LISBON, PORTUGAL (AP).- Malangatana Ngwenya (Mah-LANG-gah-tah-nah en-GWEN-yah), a Mozambican painter, poet and politician who became one of the African country’s most famous artists for his work drawing on the country’s rocky history, died Wednesday, a Portuguese hospital said. He was 74. The Pedro Hispano Hospital in Matosinhos, Portugal, said that Ngwenya died there after a prolonged illness but declined to provide further details. Jorge Dias, a close friend of Ngwenya, and former curator of the National Museum of Art in Mozambique’s capital, remembers Ngwenya as a great storyteller. “He had a massive collection of stories about Mozambican history. I learned a lot of our history from him,” Dias told The Associated Press from Maputo. Inspired by Mozambican culture and history, as well as his own personal life, Ngwenya was not only an artist, but also a musician and philosopher, Dias said. Ngwenya left school at 11 when Mozambique