Washington DC based jazz vocalist LOIDE (pronounced "Loy-deh") has roots in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, though born in France and raised in California. Serving up a mix of contemporary jazz and warm Afro-lusophone rhythms, Loide's music is reflective of her own eclectic roots.
She has spent the last 9 years honing her musical craft in some of the nation's hippest speakeasies and jazz clubs and abroad. Loide has had the privilege of performing with renowned musicians such as Lonnie Plaxico, Dave Marsh, and Kahlil Kwame Bell, to name a few. She has performed in Hollywood for a star-studded televised event, opened for the legendary Hugh Masekela, and Zimbabwean guitarist Oliver Mtududzi, and, most recently, Loide performed to a packed house at the world renowned Blues Alley in Washington, DC.
"LOIDE, Live at Bohemian Caverns" was recorded in the summer of 2009. The project contains originals by Loide, written together with Lucky Dube's original guitarist, Mongezi Ntaka, as well as Loide's distinct interpretation of some of her favorite tunes. Loide cites Sarah Vaughn, Cesaria Evora and Miriam Makeba as some her greatest musical influences, but believes it is her African heritage that has provided her with a fresh musical perspective, a unique sound, and song in her native tongue, Portuguese.