Saxophonist, Ethnomusicologist, Producer, Composer, Entrepreneur
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Multi-award winning Moreira Chonguica (32) is a celebrated Cape Town based musician, originally from Mozambique.
Moreira located to Cape Town to further his music studies 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 in Ethnomusicology (cum laude) in 2000.
He is a prolific researcher and is fascinated by traditional music from different parts of the world. Some examples of samples that he has collected can be found in his latest album THE MOREIRA PROJECT VOL 2 CITIZEN OF THE WORLD that was released in October 2008. The album features some of the finest talents in the industry all of whom have contributed and added their unique sounds and passion to create an exceptional product. These include Lion of Africa - Manu Dibango , top smooth American jazz artist, Najee, up and coming hip hop artist, Simba; and well known local vocalist, Jaco Maria.
All the photographs on the album sleeve are by well known artist and photographer, Zwelethu Mthethwa.
The album was mixed in Cape Town and mastered by Phillipe Brun in Paris, France.
This album has just been nominated for three SA Music Awards namely Best Contemporary Jazz, Best Producer and Best Album Packaging.
On the first weekend of May 09, The Moreira Project Vol 2 – Citizen of the World won the SA Music Awards for BEST CONTEMPORARY JAZZ and BEST ALBUM PACKAGING.
Another recent highlight is being asked to play in Rio de Janiero as the only African on the show honouring Brazilian maestro Silvio Barbarto who was tragically killed on the Air France plane that crashed into the ocean in May 2009.
Moreira’s debut album, THE MOREIRA PROJECT Vol 1 – The Journey was released in January 2006 and has been received with overwhelming response from the industry as well as 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 come true for Moreira. States an elated 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 Mozamibican 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 has created a new awakening in jazz lovers as well as capturing a niche for the ‘fresh ear’.
Not only is Moreira a consummate performer, but he is also strongly involved in the promotion of education. When the album was launched in his home town of Maputo, he donated R10 000 to start a campaign to renovate the Escola Nacional de Musica (National School of Music) the school which he attended as a youth. Whenever he goes back to Maputo, he makes sure to spend some time at the school conducting workshops.
In Cape Town Moreira is involved with a community school in Kensington called Xulon Musictech run by Camillo Lombard and Ezra Delport. Here he teaches saxophone and life skills to young aspiring musicians on a regular basis. In additiona, he tutors young aspiring saxophonists free of charge on an ad hoc basis.
In 2000 Moreira was chosen by City of Chicago to be part of the Cultural Exchange programme co-ordinated by Ernest Dawkins alongside a few other South African musicians.
In 2002, he was runner up in the annual Adcock Ingram Jazz Competition run through UCT.
As saxophonist for Jimmy Dludlu from 1999 - 2004, he participated in various international festivals such as:
North Sea Jazz Festival in 1999 and 2000, Chicago Jazz Festival in 2000, Joy of Jazz in 2000, The African Summer Stage in Cape Town in 2000
International African Music Festival of Wurzburg in Germany in 2002, African Summer Festival in Zimbabwe in 2002, Lugano Jazz Festival, Switzerland 2004, Grahamstown Arts Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town , UCT Jazz Festival
He has performed on numerous CD’s with top SA musicians like Alvin Dyers, Jimmy Dludlu, Loading Zone, Stewart Sukuma, Mabulu Project and Wanda Baloyi.
Since 2005 he has led his own band THE MOREIRA PROJECT which has played at most of Southern Africa’s top festivals namely:
v Reconciliation Day Concert: 2005
v Cape Town Jazzathon 2006
v Summer Concerts at Kirstenbosch 2006
v Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2006
v African Renaissance Festival 2006
v The Gito Baloyi tribute concert, Matola 2006
v Cape Town International 2007 as a special guest artist of Omar Sosa
v Grahamstown Jazz Festival 2007
v Joy of Jazz 2007
v Arts Alive Festival 2007 as part of Omar Sosa’s Black Team
v African Renaissance Festival 2006 & 2007
v Obz Festival 2007 & 2008
v Cape Town International 2008 as a special guest artist of Najee
v Inaugural Mozambican Jazz Festival 2008
v Old Mutual Encounters Jazz Festival in Windhoek in 2008
v Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar in February 2009
v Cape Town Festival in March 2009
v Mozambican Jazz Festival 2009
v International Mozambican Music Festival 2009
These in addition to numerous corporate, government and private events. Moreira’s band comprises some of Cape Town’s hottest young jazz musicians.
This funky, hip and happening musician is full of energy and passion and it shows when he plays that sax, whatever the occasion, whatever the event.
In 2007, Moreira’s debut album THE MOREIRA PROJECT Vol 1 The Journey was nominated for three SOUTH AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS namely BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM, BEST CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM and BEST PRODUCER for MOREIRA CHONGUICA and co-producer MARK FRANSMAN.
It was with great excitement that the album won the award for BEST PRODUCER. It was an honour indeed for a debut album produced by an independent record label.
For more information, contact LESLEY at MORESTAR ENTERTAINMENT on +27 21 4384239