Martha Canga Antonio

Martha Canga Antonio (born 1995), is a Belgian actress and songstress of Angolan descent.[1] She is best known for the critically acclaimed film Black.[2]

Martha Canga Antonio
Martha Canga Antonio

OccupationActress, songstress
Years active2015–present
Musical career
Years active2016–present
Associated actsSoul'Art

Personal lifeEdit

She was born in 1995 in Mons, Belgium to Angolan parents. She grew up in Liège and currently lives in Mechelen.[3]


In 2014, she studied communication management at Erasmushogeschool, Brussels. During this period, she was selected to play the character 'Mavela' in the gang thriller film Black directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.[4] She was selected to the character from 450 candidates. Before the film, she had no acting experience. However she played the role which became highly popular and critically acclaimed.[5] The film was later screened different international film festivals. In November 2015, Martha was adjudged the Best Actress at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.[6][7] In December of same year, she was nominated as a European Shooting Star at the 7th Magritte Awards for the same film.[3]

Apart from acting, she is also a prolific singer who started career as a member of the musical group Soul'Art.[8] In 2018, she started her career as a solo singer under the name 'Martha Da'ro' and released the single Summer Blues.[9]


Year Film Role Notes
2015 Black Mavela Nominated—Magritte Award for Most Promising Actress
2017 La Forêt Maya Musso TV series
2018 A Girl from Mogadishu Amala
2018 Over Water Ticha TV series
2019 Baptiste Lina TV series
2019 Adoration Jeanne
2019 Cleo Myra

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Martha Canga Antonio: Schauspielerin". i-d.vice. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Meet the breakout star of belgian cinema's edgiest new film, 'black'". i-d.vice. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Martha Canga Antonio, dé revelatie uit Black: 'Ik hoop dat mensen inzien dat talent geen kleur heeft'". Roularta Media Group. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  4. ^ ""Black"-Star Martha Canga Antonio: Shakespeare in Molenbeek". cafebabel. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Black: Martha Canga Antonio". UIT IN BRUSSEL. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Martha Canga Antonio from 'Black' awarded Best Actress in Tallinn". Roularta Media Group. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Award winners at Tallinn". NGO Black Nights Film Festival, Telliskivi. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  8. ^ "SOUL'ART". VI.BE platform. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Martha Da'ro - Cheap Wine & Paris (★★★): Exotic electronics". dansendeberen. Retrieved 1 November 2020.

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