His black and white pictures of Maputo's red-light district were my first preparation for the chapter on the Mozambican capital in my next book
on city life in Africa. The melancholic images
that photographer Ricardo Rangel
took of night life in the harbour in the sixties, haven't lost their appeal. Sailors looking for a lady for the night, a sad eyed woman in a high whig and couples dancing in clubs like Texas Bar
and Noite e Dia
. Rangel was the nestor of photograpy in the Southern African country, an example and master to many young Mozambican photographers such as Mauro Pinto
, with whom I worked at Machangulo for M, the monthly magazine of Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. Last week Rangel died at the age of 84. His other passion was jazz music. Yesterday at his funeral on Langhuene's cemetery saxophones and trumpets sounded in honour of the deceased and a local Mozambican radio played jazz for 24 hours.