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  • 3 MOZquiteiros – FRELIMU (Frente de Libertação de Música)

    Mozambique is actually not much on the musical map of the world despite it’s original music styles such as Pandza, Marrabenta and the sound of the Mbila (kind of xylophone). Regarding Hip Hop and electronic music the national artists focus more on copying the western style or those of the big brother South Africa.
    But there is a group that makes a difference: Three young talented rappers (Rainha Da Sucata, Eddie Angel e Neovaldo Paulo) from Maputo present a crazy fusion of Hip Hop, Trap, Kwaito and traditional elements of Mozambican music on their mixtape FRELIMU.
    The name of the mixtape is not just a phonetic imitation of the party FRELIMO that is ruling Mozambique now, as Neovaldo Paulo explains: “The use of the name is as well a reference to the fact that we are trying the same as FRELIMO did in the socio-political field which was freeing the country from colonization, but we want to liberate it in a musical and cultural way to the world. In the track FRE-LI-MU we aproach the current situation in the country that suffers a ‘cultural semi-colonization’.” And it has to do as well with another current situation in Mozambique: The return of the civil war. “The problems of the country make the people look for refuge in everything that comes from outside as a form of ‘relaxing’. And we want to show that this is possible with what is ours mixing the music of the ‘good cultural era’ with new music, more globalized, creating the fusion of the mixtape”, explains Neovaldo.

    Get the whole thing here or from Soundcloud and check the video.

  • Zebrabeat Afro-Amazônia Orquestra

    From their website:

    The Afro-Zebrabeat Amazon Orchestra mixtures and adds effects to the sound of guitarradas from Pará Sate with the percussive rhythm of Afrobeat.

    Based on an experimental mixture, Amazon Zebrabeat African Orchestra redimension the traditional music from Pará such as carimbó and guitarrada, which receives strong influences of Caribbean music, hybridizing it to Afrobeat.
    The result is a percussive instrumental musicality of easy enjoyment anywhere in the world, but that does not lose its regional roots music, both Amazonian and African.



  • Sigauque Project

    From their website:

    “The music of Maputo-based Sigauque Project takes most audiences by surprise. With musical influences spanning across the continent – from a new take on Marrabenta to Senegalese Mbalak and Nigerian Afro Beat, with some smooth sounding jazz thrown in the mix, the band is a pan-African musical journey on the Mozambique stage.

    While other musicians lean more and more towards fewer instruments and more techno beats, this band’s two singers, full horn section, throbbing bass, and rhythmic percussion creates an attention grabbing wall of fresh sounds. Listen closely, and you’ll hear that in addition to the local Portuguese, Changaan, and Sena lyrics, the vocalists sing in English, French, Swahili, and Zulu.

    The band is the creation of Canadian-born Daniel Walter, a radio producer and musician who heads up a media company specialising in communication for social change, CMFD (Community Media for Development) Productions. What most of the audience probably don’t realise is that most of the tunes played by Sigauque Project were originally created and recorded by CMFD Productions as part of music and radio projects broadcast across Africa – this music has a message.

    Some songs were created during projects specifically using music to speak out about a message For example, Musicians Against Xenophobia, which includes the songs Sigaouke and Sinjengomfula, brought musicians from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa together to produce four songs about xenophobia and discrimination.

    Other songs were produced as theme music to accompany serial radio dramas. Crossroads, Caminhos Cruzados, and Pistes Croissees, are regional variations to music for a radio drama of the same names, the story an old, corrupt police chief and a market woman who switch bodies, for a hilarious insight in how men and women experience life differently in Africa. “Bravos do Zambeze,” originally recorded with Isaú Meneses, also the theme song for a drama of the same name, is a mellow tune that warns of being prepared for impending floods.”

  • Las Rucas de Bahía Solano

    Las Rucas’ objective is to recover the cultural heritage of Bahiá Solano in Chocó State, Columbia. It’s a group that wants to present their indigenous musical expressions such as romances, aruyos, chigualos, gualis and rucas. 18 women are members of the group and they want to pass these practices and knowledge from the old to the young women, and thus ensure the sustainability of these practices.

    To get more of their background and details check the introduction (in Spanish).

    I had the enormous pleasure to see them in action.
    Magic moments!
    Many thanks to all!

  • Cheny Wa Gune Quarteto – Jindji Jindji

    Using traditional Mozambican and modern instruments (bass, saxophone, drums, percussion) the Cheny Wa Gune Quarteto creates a powerful and energetic style which explores traditional and modern melodies and rhythms.

    Cheny Wa Gune mainly plays Timbila (or M’bila) which is a cultural feature of the Vachopi people that originates from the Gaza and Inhambane regions and is strongly present in Zavala, where he comes from. Similar to the Marimba, it is a wooden key instrument of dialogue and unification, the Timbila represents the political and social establishment of Vachopi identity and cultural values among other cultures from the region. When performed as an Orchestra, the Timbila represents a collective manifestation of dance, chant, poetry and music.


    Watch him playing here another traditional instrument from Mozambique, the M’bira:

    And this is more traditional:

  • Projeto CCOMA – Peregrino

    “Born in the mountains of southern Brazil, the project of trumpet player Roberto Scopel and percussionist and producer Swami Sagara flirts with Latin rhythms, crosses oceans to get to Africa, in a corner of Morocco, among many stops. With these references in the luggage also inventing the return route in an endless circuit of reverberations. On the road again, carrying spices from tropical countries with an electronic approach played at street of Budapest, in a squat in Berlin or in front of the Pompidou in Paris.”

    Download it for free from their website.

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  • Ba-Boom – Incendeia

    “Well tempered Brazilian-Jamaican music, for all tastes, eyes and ears, which satisfies the senses and causes the body to dance. Connecting ideas with lyrics that speak about the everyday, the street, the human being, politics and culture. Strong rhythm with catchy melodies and well stuffed arrangements. Versatile formation allowing the band to pass through several musical languages ​​with originality, from Brazilian popular music like Baião, Afoxé and Maculelê to modern Jamaican Ragga/Dancehall. Reference to Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz and some Latin rhythms like Salsa. Samba and good and old Ska is not missing either.”

    Get their CD for free via their website.

  • Sonic Junior

    “Enshrined in the national independent music scene SONIC JUNIOR became known for its pulsating energy developed in the disks and his electrifying performance on stage, being called by critics as “one man band”, where he sings, puts the beats and plays drums.”

    Get his albums for free from his website:

    Sonic Junior – Inspire (2009)

    Sonic Junior – Orgânico (2009)

    Sonic Junior – Pra Fazer O Mundo Girar (2006)

  • Bemba Trio

    Formed by Russo Passapusso, Fael 1st and DJ Root. BEMBA TRIO incorporates the diversity and cultural authenticity of the peripheral culture of Bahia state in its melodies, performances and language. The vocalists emphasize on a spoken style valuing stories, regional accents and words in their lyrics and interpretations.
    The Selector, responsible for the beats and instrumental basis, uses tones and effects known from the dynamics of sound systems.
    The research mixes a wide range of global and local rhythms like Samba Reggae, Samba chula, Ragga, Repente, Miami Bass among other rhythms of the periphery.

    You can download some tunes on their Soundcloud page:

  • Café Preto

    Translation of part of the booklet:
    Café Preto is an album realized by musician Cannibal in partnership with DJ and producer Bruno Pedrosa and the musician PI-R. The lyrics are written by Cannibal and the programming and samples were made ​​by Pedrosa. The musical production is signed by Pedrosa and PI-R. In this work the sounds chosen by Cannibal were dub and ragga rhythms derived from Jamaican reggae roots. Café Preto has as special guests some of the most talented musicians active in Recife/Olinda: Fred Zeroquatro and Areia (mundo livre s/a), Chico Tchê, Publius, Ori, Marcelo Campello, Berna Vieira and Zé Brown, apart of the Rio based Ras Bernardo.


    “Dandara Dub” mix by Victor Rice. With Mau and DJ Bruno Pedrosa.

    Recorded live @ Copan Studio [São Paulo – Brazil] on a rainy december night.