Mozambique Music Meeting 2017

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.

Visit the official website for Mozambique Music Meeting

  • Majurugenta

    Ghorwane

    Released 04 July 1993

    Out of the struggles of war Ghorwane became the new face of Mozambican pop in the early nineties: warm melodies, soulful horns and compelling dance rhythms. The band are noted for the political and social criticism in their songs which has put them, inevitably, at loggerheads with the government from time to time.
  • Ghorwane

    Mozambique

    In the hot and dusty Gaza province of Mozambique there is a small lake called Ghorwane that never runs dry, even in the hottest season. In 1983, a group of young musicians in Maputo, took the name Ghorwane as they launched their musical career. Today they are one of Mozambique's most respected bands.

By Online Editor

Published on Mon, 04 December 17

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Track of the day: ‘El Gamra’ by Bab L’ Bluz

The track is taken from their award-winning debut album Nayda!