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This album is a mixture of traditional Mozambican sounds, rock, ballads and jazz with unsolicited commentary in between most of the tracks by the artists themselves.

Produced by Moreira, he hopes the album will lift Mozambican music to the international world music stage and unite the country.  He believes that this album exposes the Mozambican soul showing the geographical diversity, ethnoliquistics and rhythms of this vast and diverse country. Each artist sings in their mother tongue with most providing a comment or two as a means of an introduction to their original song. There is pain and emotion in their stories but most of all there is hope. This album is more than just 10 themes.  It is the realisation of dreams and the connection of old friends.

This album is a new chapter in Moreira’s career and he is grateful to each artist who participated in this album for the part they played and the positive energy and enthusiasm they brought to this project.

Moreira is also immensely grateful for the support of the Board of Directors and staff of the Commercial Bank of Investment (BCI) who realised the parallels of the synergy of this project and their vision for the bank in Mozambique.

Ribeiro da Conceicao Mandlate Moses
(Moses Mandlate)

was born in Maputo on 4 February 1920.  He began playing guitar at the age of 10.He formed his first band MANJACAZIANOS in 1940.He is widely regarded as the ‘grandfather’ of Marrabenta having established the DJAMBO ORCHESTRA in 1953 and recording the hit “Elisa we ghomara saia”

Chico Antonio

is considered a guru of Mozambican music.  He was born in 1958, was homeless for several years as a child before being taken in by a Portuguese family.  It was here that he started to develop his love of music.  Early on, he was a soloist creating his own personal style. After playing trumpet with ABC78, and travelling to several countries on behalf of Mozambique, he was invited to join another well known band called RM group. He remained with them for 10 years.  Following this he joined the Orchestra Marrabenta Star alongside a number of well known Mozambican performers such as Stuart Sekuma and Mingas.  He recorded the famous song “Baila Maria” and this won him an award with Radio France International in 1990.  He has written a number of soundtracks for documentaries, theatre and most recently on the soundtrack of films that speak of the life and times of Malagatana and Ricardo Rangel.

Aly Faque

was born in 1967.  He is from the Angoche district of Nampula. He is nicknamed the Mozambican Salif Keita. He began to sing in 1988 with a group called Amplitude founded and led by Rock Jamal. Then he went on to form his own band Relampago.  He has recorded six albums to date and won several awards at the Ngoma awards for Mozambique namely Revelation prize in 1995, Best Voice in 1996, 2007 and 2010,and  Press Prize in 1997.

Julia Mwitu

was born in 1972 in Cabo Delgado province.  She recorded her first album in 1990 in Radio Mozambique studios. In 1991, Julia won second place in a competition organised by Radio Mozambique with the song Mufana wene. In 1995, she won first place for Best Song for a female in the Nahilanga category and in the same year won third place for the most popular song run by Ngoma Mozambique.  The highlight came in 2000 when she won Best Song by a female.  She was appointed by UNICEF as patron of the campaign “Say Yes to Children” in 2001. She has performed alongside many Southern African performers.  She has recorded 3 CD’s namely “Nahilanga”, “Masseve” and “Ximoko Sinyala do Planalto”

Xiduminguana

(aka Domingos Homwane) born in 1936 is a self-taught musician.  His first instrument was the viola and he made his first recording in 1964.  He worked in the mines in South Africa.  During his leisure time, he used to draw pictures of his colleagues playing and singing Marrabenta and Madjika. He is hugely popular for his lyrics and social messages he sings about. His son, Bernardo Domingos sometimes features with his father.  Xiduminguana is constantly searching for messages in traditional songs and mixing them with different rhythms.  He is a great contributor to the preservation of Marrabenta.

Hortencio Langa

was born in Manjacaze in March 1951. He is a composer, perofrmer and guitarist of excellence and a key figure in Mozambican music.  He has three children all who are musicians (Xixel, Techito and Dario). His career has been marked by innovations  and the production of a new era of Mozambican music. Hortencio has performed in Jamaica, Cuba, Guyana and Germany where he made his first live disc at the Neubrandeburg festival. His familu greatly influenced his musicial career.  In 1998, Hortencio recorded “Khudakadamba” in Denmark with producer Jorgen Messel.  Hortencio Langa has a degree in music from Eduardo Mondlane University and was Secretary General of the Mozambican Association of Musicians for more than a decade.

Zenar Bacar

was born in the Mossuril province of the Napula  district in 1949. She formed a group called Eyuphuro and they recorded their first album in London titled “Mama Mozambiki”  The second album was called “Yelela and released by World Music Network. Zena and Eyuphuro performed all over the world.  After many years apart and Zenar following a solo career, they have recently got back together again to play traditional Mozambican music.

Chico da Conceicao

was born in Inhambane in 1927.  He only started playing when he was 16 and formed a family musical group called Melody. It was through rehearsals with his brothers and cousins that he learnt to play the guitar, mandolin and saxophone. He married in 1959 and went to work for the Postal Service of Mozambique in Nampula.  On hearing that he was also a musician, he was frequently asked to perform for functions in his spare time.  He soon became so busy performing that he resigned to play full time. He is also passionate about football.  Now in his 80’s, his sight is failing him but he remains youthful and positive.

Elvira Viegas

was born in 1956.  Elvira often accompanied her mother who worked in a cashew nut factory and it was here that she began to sing. In 1969, she participated in a contest at her local church and came second.  Her prize was a guitar.  Not knowing how to play, she bought herself a manual and taught herself. In 1984, she recorded her first song “Mother”.  In 1987, she participated in the Radio France International Discoveries competition and won the award for Best Female voice. Her prize was the opportunity to perform in Yaounde in Cameroon at the Palace of the Congress where she was given her prize by Manu Dibango.  She has led the Elvira Band, created a concept of shows entitled “Xiholo za Vutomi” (The Well of Life), entered politics for 5 years and created the concept of celebrating the day of Mozambican women through workshops and concerts under the banner of “Women and Art” She is involved in many activities giving back to the community.

Wazimbo

(aka Humberto Benfica) began singing at an early age. He was born in the area of Mafalala just outside Maputo but moved to Chibuto when he was eight. In primary school, Wazimbo met Hortencio Langa, Jose Muscavel and Migel Matsinhe and they formed a group called The Rebels of Rhythm later changing their names to The Silver Star. Returning to Maputo Wazimbo continued with The Silver Star which later became Geyser.  In 1972, wazimbo signed his first contract to sing abroad and travelled to Angola where he performed for two years.  When he returned in 1974, he became active in the African Association and still does performances in Pinguim.  He later formed the RM group with Milagre Langa , Sox, Zeca Tcheco and Alexandre Langa leaving after some years for join Orchestra Marrabenta Star with whom he recorded two albums: Independence and Marrabenta Picnic. In 1998, he recorded his first solo album “Makweru” which was very well received. He still performs from time to time with RM group and others and his music has been used as soundtracks for several films and documentaries.

Dilon Djindje

was born in 1927 in Marracuene.  He started singing in 1940’s accompanying his older sister to wedding parties.  He moved from Marracuene to Maputo to study at the Missao Suica Church where he met Eduardo Mondlane the first president of Frelimo party, who encouraged him to sing religious songs. He enrolled to be a preacher but after six months found it was not his calling.  He spent some time in South Africa evenutally coming back to Mozambique in 1960 and founded a group called estrela de Marracuene who played Marrabenta. His first recording was in 1965 with the song “Akwini Virginia Makwakwa” for Radio Club.  He went on to record five singles and in 2001 recorded his first CD which was released in the UK. He also worked with Mabulu which toured many European countries.  His image has also been used for a number of advertising campaigns.

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