Principal oboe is named Minister of Culture

Principal oboe is named Minister of Culture


norman lebrecht

January 19, 2020

We hear that Eldevina (Kika) Materula, oboist of the Casa da Musica in Porto, has been appoinred minister for culture and tourism in her homeland, Mozambique.

Apart from anything else, her country will get a very clear and resonant A.

And Portugal will be looking for a new oboe.



  • Alex Klein says:

    Make that “Eldevina” Materula. Not only a fine world-class oboist, Eldevina created that Mozambican “El Sistema”, called Xiquitsi (oh, pronounced Shee-KEE-tsee), a formidable institution that is rapidly transforming the classical music scene in that beautiful SE African country.

    • Ruben Greenberg says:

      Alex: what you have said makes one want to go there for at least a short while in order to take part in this music movement.

  • Andrew says:

    I am delighted to echo Alex’s words and both honored and humbled to have begun Eldevina’s musical journey (as a wonderful person and player) as her first oboe teacher here in Portugal. Incredible and wonderful news .