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Real World Records are delighted to attend Mozambique Music Meeting this week. It is the first Showcase Festival in Mozambique. An annual event that aims to boost the dissemination and promotion of Mozambican music in particular and arts and culture in general - It will be a festival and a Music Market simultaneously, incorporating other elements of Mozambique culture: it will celebrate cultural diversity through music, dance, fine arts, photography, food, and crafts. This initiative not only aims to put Mozambique on the Map of World cultural events but also to promote Mozambican music, local artists, stimulate and raise the level of quality of local musicians.
Real World and WOMAD discovered the band Ghorwane back in the early 1990s. In 1991 Ghorwane recorded in the Wood Room at Real World Studios. As the tragedy of the civil war in Mozambique was finally drawing to an end (peace arrived when the Frelimo Government and Renamo guerrillas reached a settlement in 1993) Ghorwane were celebrating traditional Mozambican rhythms in a fresh modern way while the themes of their songs reflected the struggle and tragedy of the lives of ordinary people. The injection of life they shot into the stagnant music scene, and their subsequent success, have inspired other bands to take a similar route.