Mozambique Night at Bassline

African Synergy
06/23/2010 14:49:29

African Synergy and Molwene Productions presents Mozambique Night featuring Moticoma and Dino Miranda live at Bassline in Newtown.

Wednesday 30 June 2010 - doors open 21:00 - R50 entrance

Africa Night this Wednesday at Bassline will feature an evening of Mozambican "Maningue" Magic with Maputo-based bands, Moticoma and Dino Miranda, showcasing a montage of traditional and afro-fusion sounds.

Moticoma is a traditional Mozambican band, founded in Maputo in 2001 by young people without financial means, but with an excellent artistic project.

They use instruments like the mbira, timbila, drums, djum djum, djembe, in fusion with modern instruments like drums and bass. Their performances are high energy, exhilarating experiences, which get any audience on its feet.
Their music expresses themes that show their people's traditions, translated in various languages of their Bantu origin and African culture. The main objective of the group is to exchange experiences between members of different groups and to preserve traditional Mozambican rhythms and instruments. For this reason Moticoma is not only a band, but also a cultural association, working for example in a primary school project in Mozambique (funded by the Danish Embassy in Mozambique) in order to teach children about the musical traditions of their country.

The band has participated in many national and international festivals and workshops, such as Lusiades of Abstrato Music, festival of contemporary dance and various other workshops with Brazilian and Mozambican musicians.

Participation in national and international festivals:
2003 - Music Festival Of New talents at "Franco Fonia" (Best Band)
2004 - August Festival at "Cultural Center of Brazilian Studies" (Best Group)
2004 - Crossroads competition at "Teatro Avenida" and "CCFM"
2005 - New Talents Festival at "Mozambican Music Association" (Best Group)
2006 - Crossroads Festival at "Mozambican Music Association" and "CCFM"
2006 - Participated in the 3rd biennial of CPLP Young People (Best Group)
2006 - Participated in Contemporary Festival Dance (Best Group)
2007 - Winner of Crossroads Final (Best Performance)
2007 - Participated in Southern Africa Regional Crossroads Festival in Zimbabwe (Best Performance)
2007 - 1st price "OS K QUREM" CCFM
2008 - Participated in Slavery Abolition Festival in Mauritius (Best Band)
2008 - ‘Musica entre Culturas', cultural week of the Danish Embassy in Mozambique
2009- Tour in Denmark, organised by DCCD and Around Womex

Dino Miranda - 2009 MMA (Mozambican Music Awards) winner, is a Mozambican vocalist, guitarist, composer and arranger.

He graduated from the University of Cape Town, Faculty of Music with a degree in music (Jazz Studies) in 2004. He started his career in Mozambique playing with his own rock band in 1996 and then moved on to play as a professional guitarist with Chico Antonio in 1998. Two years later he moved to Johannesburg, South Africa to study music at the Fuba School of Music and a year later moved to Cape Town to start his studies at University.

It was in 2002 when he started his own solo project in Cape Town and started making his rounds at festivals such as the ObzFest in 2004 & 2006, the Penguin Festival in 2006, the Cape Town Jazzathon Festival in 2007, the Verao Amarelo festival in Maputo, Mozambique in 2007, the Suidoosterfees TrueLove Jazz Lounge in 2008 and entertained jazz fans at the grandest gathering in Africa, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival with the Bongani Sotshononda Project in 2008.

His ear-catching single Fatal, got airplay in both Portugal and Cape Town and has become one of the most played songs and videos on all Mozambican radio and television stations. Besides having his own solo project, Dino Miranda has collaborated with a number of artists such as Max Vidima, Jeff Maluleke, Chris Hinze and Stewart Sukuma. You wouldn't be surprised to find that he is the creative genius behind tracks like Jeff Maluleke's "Teka'' and Max Vidima's "Mai va rossi'' which he co-wrote. He also shows his impressive guitar skills on Stewart Sukuma's "Mahuta", Gcobani's latest album "No Taxi" as well as demonstrating the fusion of traditional Mozambican and contemporary music when collaborating with Grant Mclachlan for the music of the TV series "Meet the Jackals'' - on which he provides both vocals and guitar.

Dino Miranda has also been guitarist and backing vocalist for the Cuba Groove Band (with whom he traveled to Dubai in 2002) and artists such as Teba, Azania, Jeff Maluleke and others. He also toured throughout South Africa backing reggae artists from Jamaica and the UK such as Peter Spencer, Starkey Banton, Prince Malachi and Dawit Menalik Tafari in 2007. He has shared a stage with numerous bands such as; Napalma, Jimmy Dludlu, 340ML, The Rudimentals, Freshly Ground, Rodrigues, Loading Zone, Godessa and many others.

At the end of 2008 Dino Miranda launched his first album in South Africa and Mozambique, bringing his fans together at all his shows held in South Africa and back home in Mozambique. Account:
Ceri Veronique
011 8389145
082 575 4656
Bassline / African Synergy

Related Venue:
Bassline, Newtown Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa