Sep 23, 2013

MOREIRA CHONGUIÇA


Moreira was born in Matola just outside Maputo, the capital of Mozambique on 13 February 1977.
In order to continue his music studies Moreira moved to Cape Town in South Africa, where he graduated from the University of Cape Town’s South African College of Music with a degree in jazz performance and an honours degree (summa cum laude) in ethnomusicology in 2000.
In Cape Town, Moreira has established an impressive list of credits to his name.

Moreira's debut album, The Moreira ProjectT Vol 1–The Journey was released in December 2005 and received overwhelming response from the industry as well as from the media on both local and international levels. The album expresses not only his phenomenal song writing ability and energetic performances but also his major personal coup of securing the support and talent of international jazz legend Najee on several tracks.

Working with such an accomplished musician is a dream coming true for Moreira:
Najee and I first met at the B.E.T Festival in Durban a few years ago. Then a year later we both performed at the Joy of Jazz Festival. We spoke at length and he promised to send me a better saxophone. True to his word, he actually did! It arrived on 13 December 2003—I will never forget the date or the gesture. This is someone I grew up listening to, along with the likes of Grover Washington Jr and others. And now here I am Mozambican born and bred, buttered in Cape Town…with this legend coming halfway around the planet to perform on my album. It’s just unbelievable.
The album specialises in contemporary African fusion jazz and was recorded by Moreira’s own independent recording label, MoreStar Entertainment (Pty) Ltd. Produced by Mark Fransman and Moreira, the album created a new awakening in jazz lovers as well as capturing a niche for the "fresh ear".








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