Afro Jazz singer and composer born in 1994 in the city of Maputo. Assa has participated in major national and international competitions such as:
Assa Matusse first album “+ EU” is already available.
Selma Uamusse is a Mozambican singer living in Portugal since 1988. Singing professionally since she was eighteen, with a path from gospel, to rock, soul, afrobeat and jazz, Selma decided to challenge herself and record her first original solo project between Portugal and Mozambique. Exploring her Mozambican roots, bringing the unknown rhythms and lyrics in native tongues, together with traditional instruments like timbila and mbira, mixed with some psychedelia, electronics and all her other musical influences.
Her first solo concert, at Festival Músicas do Mundo in Sines – 2014, was a performance filled with energy, dances and emotion, that conquered both critics and audience, getting positive and enthusiastic feedback. Since then Selma Uamusse hasn’t stopped surprising audiences and music programmers on every stage she performs on.
Timbila Muzimba, one of Mozambique’s most dynamic and popular musical groups, is a ten piece orchestra of Timbila (Mozambican-type xylophones) and African percussion combined with electric bass, drums and guitar.
With their modern interpretation of traditional poly-rhythmic melodies fused with the the contemporary urban sounds from Maputo neighbourhoods – jazz, hiphop, rock, – Timbila Muzimba has become a cultural icon in Mozambique.
Formed in 1997 by a group of young musicians and dancers from the “Bairro Jardim” neighbourhood of Maputo, Timbila Muzimba carries on a rich musical tradition historically associated with the cultural identity of the Chopi people from coastal Inhambane province. Taught by their fathers, uncles and grandfathers who were famous “Timbileiros” in their own right, these musicians have been drumming and dancing since they were toddlers.
As a group of music and dance, the name “Timbila Muzimba” reflects these two elements of the orchestras’ identity; the sound of the “Timbila” and the movement of the “Muzimba,” the word for body in the Chopi language.
Deltino Guerreiro is a Mozambican singer born on August 26, 1990 in the District of Montepuez (Cabo Delgado). The sound of Deltino Guerreiro is a mixture of influences, fruit of his experiences from north to south of the country. From Soul and R&B to the musical tradition of northern Mozambique, combined with conscious lyrics sung in Portuguese, English and Macua.
However, his melodies reflect the strong Arab musical influence of Northern Mozambique.
Deltino has already won awards in two consecutive years in the category of revelation artist and best voice in Ngoma Mozambique (2015 & 2016) In addition to the collaboration he had with singer Joss Stone for his song “Sonho” which portrays the desire of everyone to want to be rich.
António Marcos, born in Xiconela, Gaza, 10th of June 1951, is one of Mozambique’s most important musicians. He became famous through his marrabenta compositions sung in changana (native language of the south of
António Marcos recorded his first album in 1970, and since then has been a member of several bands. He was also a founding member of Projecto Mabulu, a musical group created in 1999 mixing musicians of different generations
and styles ranging from Marrabenta to Hiphop to Rap. He is the creator of the big success song, and song of the year, Maengane.
In 2010 he released his first solo album “Solo & Unplugged” which became one of the best albums of all times due to it’s pureness and simplicity while retaining the depth of his compositions.
António Marcos is one of the most internationally acclaimed Mozambican musicians, having performed in more than 20 countries around the globe.
In his home land, António Marcos has gained the respect of his people by singing about the day to day life of his country.
Recognized as the most international and one of the most dynamic contemporary Mozambican musicians as well as a symbol of the Mozambican culture, committed to spreading the music of his country to the world, invited to important tours in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Napalma is the musical inspiration born out of a fusion between Brazilian and African culture and music. Created in 2004 during the carnival in Vitória, Brazil, they have been touring and performing around various continents for over the last 13 years.
Their show is the result of powerful electronic dance grooves, percussion and rhythms from such rich Afro-Brazilian musical heritage mixed with a riveting performance and inspiring vocals in Portuguese, English and Shangana ( Local language). The vibrancy of the band members is contagious and no audience is immune.
The new album “A Big Funky Family” brings freshness of sounds and flavors to Napalma, its a diverse melting pot created with collaborations from worldwide artists and producers making the music identity grow with more influences and inputs, gaining a lot of character but maintaining its originality and keeping the way of making people move and reaching their soul.
GranMah is a Dub / Reggae Fusion band from Mozambique that started in Leo’s
grandmother’s garage in 2009. Over the years it has grown to 6 unique individuals, from
diverse cultural backgrounds who share the same love for music.
Luis Silva (guitar)
Leo Fernandes (bass)
Migz Wilson (drums)
Regina dos Santos (vocals)
Miguel Marques (keyboards)
Ricardo Conceição (saxophone)
Lead singer Yolanda Chicane, together with Azarias Arone, founded the Maputo-based Banda Kakana. The group has become a leading representative of a new generation of Mozambican bands, following in the celebrated footsteps of groups like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Orquestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique. It is Yolanda’s rich, powerhouse vocals that have been the driving force in the growing success of the group in Mozambique, where they’ve won several major awards.
Kakana’s sound is based in marrabenta, popular Mozambican dance music with roots in traditional rhythms and Portuguese folk music (Mozambique gained independence from colonial Portugal in 1975). They fuse this sparkling music with other Mozambican forms and the melodies and rhythms of Africa and the world: Afro-pop, Afro-jazz and rock. They sing in a variety of languages, including Changana, Emacua, Chope, Portuguese and English.
Nelton Miranda, was born in Quelimane on July 12, 1975.
Self-taught musician and multi-instrumentalist – Bassist, keyboardist, producer and musical arranger.
Humberto Carlos Benfica, known as Wazimbo, is one of the greatest voices of Mozambique and one of the most famous singers for the style of music called marrabenta.Wazimbo started his musical career in 1964 with the Silverstars (continued as a singer with the Geiziers), performing a colonial mix of international pop music with a Brazilian tinge in Mozambique’s capital Maputo.
He became the lead vocalist of Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Mocambique in 1979 and played with various members from the big band of Radio Mocambique. Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Mocambique developed a full and funky style of music named marrabenta featuring electric guitars, powerful horn lines and soulful vocals.
After becoming extremely popular in Mozambique, Wazimbo and Orchestra Marrabenta Stars toured Europe and released two CDs on Germany’s Piranha label. Both showcased a varied mix of dance styles plus the occasional, strikingly soulful ballad. The 90’s saw a return to peace in Mozambique, but by then there were no recording studios or music venues and the group finally disbanded in 1995. Since that time Wazimbo has had a solo career and recorded a CD in South Africa called ‘Makwero’ and also continuing to Tour as a solo artist.
Born in Maputo in 1979, Pedro started playing at the age of 16 when he discovered a passion for songwriting, he soon learnt how to play the basic chords in the guitar and writing his own songs, soon after he joined Amavel Pinto in Maputo and started a band called Os Tais, they opened for some international acts such as Tropical band and Tabanca Jazz and played in smaller venues in Maputo.
in 2000 Pedro moved to South Africa and did a 3 year National Diploma in Jazz in 2003 he went to Musicians Institute in LA where he did two encore programs focused in Production, he was signed by EMI/Sting music in South Africa with his rock band Mrs. B between 2010 and 2014 but wasn’t happy with the record deal. He then started the Barbosa Experience a more Pop/African project, now he is doing his solo shows, and finalising his first solo album entitled REBORN. He has recorded 6 albums so far and has played in many festivals around South Africa, and countries suchas Brazil, Portugal, Ethiopia and Kenya.
His Stage energy is what defines him as a artist. Strong powerful vocals adds on to his Performance.
Ras Haitrm brings forth the high level musical talent that often comes from extreme circumstances. In 1980, Ras Haitrm was born in the midst of a civil war as Rui Paulo Matevele. He recalls memories of his family hiding in the bush to evade attacks. The African music surrounding him was about war. Ras
In April 2016, Ras Haitrm visited Jamaica and formed a fruitful creative relationship with Melbourne George Miller of the legendary Firehouse Crew, resulting in the soon to be released album “Go And Tell The World”. The first single from this album “It’s Not For Long” features a guest appearance by Jahbar I, the son of producer George Miller.
Ras Haitrm is considered one of the most outspoken and inspiring reggae musicians inAfrica. He has shared the stage with Grammy winner Sean Paul in Mozambique, and Capleton in South Africa. He is a regular performer at large African centered festivals in Brazil, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zambia. His stage presence is a combination of rhythm and energy complimented by unyielding spirituality.
Moticoma is a traditional band formed in Maputo in 2001 by a group of young people with few financial resources, but with an excellent artistic project.
The band is characterised by its own musical style, resulting from the research of Mozambican rhythms (dances and traditional instruments) from Rovuma to Maputo, merging with conventional instruments.
Percussion is one of the basic elements that, combined with other traditional and conventional instruments, strengthens the style in a diversified and engaging way.
Miguel Xabindza is a Mozambican guitarist and interpreter. His compositions fit into world music with strong influences from Jazz, Funk and even American R&B, sung mostly in Ronga, Changana and Portuguese.
The themes of his compositions revolve around human relationships, exploring friendships, family and love, always in an attempt to rescue the purest feeling of humanity.
Xabindza has already had the opportunity to play with great names of the local artists in the music industry, such as Stewart Sukuma, Costa Neto, Hélder Leonel, Bhaka, Iveth, Azagaia, G2, Roberto Xitsondzo, Isabel Novela, Duas Caras, Lizha James and Lenna Baule among others.
Banda Mandlozi was established in November 2013, and consecrated “mandlozi” a term that in Zulu means “spirits”.
In 2014 the band was invited to participate in the MUSIC CROSS-ROADS musical festival of Maputo, which took place in Bilene, Macia and Maputo from 17 May to 1 June 2014. After the cross-roads festival, the band saw deep changes, with the addition of new band members.
2015 was a year of many inter-provincial successes, where the band performed at the annual marrabenta festival, at the annual xai-xai beach festival, at the end of unanga la kaya RM-GAZA, and at many other smaller venues.
Kapa Dech was formed in April 1996 in Maputo. A year after its formation, the band conquered a place in the Mozambican musical arena due to its original lyrics and rhythms, a fusion of modern and traditional sounds. Their first album, Katcume, was recorded in January 1998 in Paris, France and achieved silver status in Mozambique. It was released on the TV show Live Africa in Dival du Monde.
In October 1998 Kapa Dech participated in the Verden Norden festival, which hosted musicians Baba Maal, Angelique Kidjo and Ray Phiri to name a few. In 1999 they toured Mozambique for the civic education campaign’s second general elections. They performed alongside Jonas, Gwangwa and Tsepo Tsola during the Mozambique-South Africa friendship week at the SABC concert and have shared the stage with, amongst others, Brenda Fassie, Mory Kante and Caiphus Semenya.
Their awards include the Music Crossroads festival prize for Best Band in the southern African region, which they won in Harare (Zimbabwe) in 1997. Kapa Dech toured Sweden and in December 1998 was voted Personality of the Year in the culture category by the leading newspaper in Mozambique. In 2000 they won the Ngoma Prize in Mozambique for the Best Band of the year.