• Tag Archives Mozambique
  • Maning Nice Mixtape

    A mixtape with Mozambican stuff like Pandza, Afro House and Bondoro.

    01. 3 MOZquiteiros – Tsova (D.E.P. Zaida e Carlos lhongo)
    02. One Two feat. Mr Kuka – Tá na moda
    03. Mega Jotta – Miguelita
    04. Dama do Bling – Ivannea – Niggas que cheiram a catinga (feat. Denny OG)
    05. Gasso – Tai Xi Pandza
    06. Mr. Kuka feat. Hawaio – Ni Lava We
    07. Liloca feat. Mr. Kuka – Tá Bater
    08. Dayto & DJ Ivan 90 feat. Wes – Mizobiya (Remix)
    09. KK Angel feat. Mr. Bow – Unidade Nacional
    10. Lagartos Bondoristas – Bondoro
    11. Mr. Bow – Mukonwana
    12. DJ Faya feat. Rainha da Sucata – DJs Comprovados
    13. Spectro Inc. – Estas a jingar
    14. Deejay Loyd-B – Bondoro
    15. Azagaia – Jihad Lírico

  • Bondoro: New MOZ Dance & Beats

    Bondoro is a quite new dance and music style from Beira, Mozambique’s second largest city in the central part of the country. In several aspects it is similar to South African Kwaito and Kuduro from Angola. Bondoro is a slang word that means plaster and that name was given to the dance because of the first moves where the dancer seems to have a plaster on one of his extremities.

    Download some tunes here.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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:

  • Positivo

    Positivo is a multicultural music project with five ingredients: Roots Afro Beat from Mozambique, Rocking blues from Austria, Reggae dub live, hip-hop and french contemporary punk jazz.
    But it’s not only about music, from their website:

    “Associação Positivo Moçambique is a group of artists and activists created in 2007 with the aim of using music in a truly unique participatory approach for HIV/AIDS campaigns and awareness raising. Using music as a tool for social change Positivo has developed a method for highly effective public health messaging in Mozambique. Positivo listen to communities and record their lyrics with powerful and relevant messages about HIV/AIDS. We do not impose messages from outside. We work together with communities, have them raise questions and work together on a knowledge basis to reduce misunderstanding and myths on HIV/AIDS topics.”

    Here are some tracks of their album “No Time” that has been released in early 2009 on Guten Tag Verlag:

    Positivo – Passane Pão (Download or listen)

    Positivo – Africa (Dub Version) (Download or listen)

    And get more tracks and recordings on their website.


  • MOZ Songs Mixtape

    Grabbed some sound on my recent trips to Mozambique: Pandza, Ragga, Dancehall, Kwaito, Hip Hop, probably Marrabenta and other styles.


    01. MC Roger – Moçambicanas Dançam Assim
    02. DRP – Nanana
    03. Marlene – Utomi Dza Kazata
    04. Denny OG – Minha Namorada
    05. DJ Frank & DJ Tchito – Casa Comigo
    06. Manunes Jackson – Estou a Mentir
    07. Rey Anaconda – Fim Da Escravatura
    08. DJ Dabo Feat. Beat Service – Vou T Dar Aulas (Sou Barra Pah)
    09. G Short – Deixa (Master Mix)
    10. Dama do Bling feat. Lizha James – Fat Chick
    11. Team Fresh – Style So fresh
    12. Trio Fam – J’yeah
    13. DH feat. Herminio – Moçambicanas
    14. Mr. Dino – Tititi
    15. Rei Dragão – Patrão
    16. H2O – Kali Kwanga
    17. Denny Og feat. Ziqo – Terezinha
    18. Esperança Bembele – Koma Koma (Produced By Shico)

    And here are some sites to get more:
    Esta Bater
    Só Música
    Sempre 1

    PS: The picture is from a 95-m-long mural in Maputo that tells the story of their revolution.