Eyuphuro

Mozambique

For most people Mozambique conjures up images of tragedy - war, famine and millions of refugees living on food aid. The other side of this young Southern African nation, rich in art and culture, is hardly ever seen.

From the start the group's leaders, Zena Baker and Gimo Remane, made a concerted effort to preserve the traditional rhythms of their home in Nampula. Their birthplace, Illa de Mozambique, was one of Africa's most cosmopolitan commercial centres and Eyuphuro's music reflects a blend of musical influences as African traditions meet Arabic and Latin styles. From these roots Eyuphuro write contemporary songs of love and social criticism, a sharply perceived commentary on life in Mozambique today.