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Ricardo Chibanga. [File photo: arronchesemnoticias.blogspot]
Mozambican bullfighter Ricardo Chibanga died in Portugal on Monday at the age of 76. He had been hospitalised after suffering a stroke.
With the encouragement of some of the discipline’s best-known figures, among them Manuel dos Santos, Africa’s only bullfighter went to Portugal in the 60s.
Ricardo Chibanga debuted in Lisbon’s Campo Pequeno on August 19, 1971, alongside Spain’s José Luis Galloso.
The Mozambican bullfighter and matador, named ‘El Africano’, became a phenomenon, touring arenas around the world and hailed in Las Ventas, Madrid, and in Seville by thousands of fans – Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Orson Welles among them.
He was born in Maputo’s Mafalala neighbourhood on November 8 of 1942. He lived in Golegã, Portugal.
Pablo Picasso saluda al maestro Chibanga pic.twitter.com/dIKlpCf5aN
— Ricardo Chibanga (@chibangatorero) January 18, 2017
Faleceu Ricardo Chibanga, o improvável toureiro negro oriundo do bairro da Mafalala no Maputo, onde cresceram Coluna, Hilário e Eusébio – com quem Chibanga fez o serviço militar. pic.twitter.com/c2tSaIHm83
— Vi©tor (@flanconapucara) April 16, 2019
Hasta siempre Maestro Ricardo Chibanga pic.twitter.com/IrrI5L0Ia6
— Murteira Grave (@MurteiraGrave) April 16, 2019
El matador de toros Ricardo Chibanga ha fallecido esta mañana en su casa, donde se encontraba desde hacía pocos días tras estar hospitalizado desde el 2 de Marzo. DEP.https://t.co/2I65hQcPvv
— mundotoro.com (@Mundotorocom) April 16, 2019
Source: Lusa / O País
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