MOREIRA – CITIZEN OF THE WORLD
2 October 2008 – Internationally celebrated Jazz Saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça, proudly launches his latest album ‘The Moreira Project Volume 2 – ‘Citizen of the World’. The much anticipated album will hit South African stores late October. ‘Citizen of the World’ is a fresh and energetic African fusion of world class Jazz, recorded by local independent label ‘Morestar Entertainment’.
Moreira, a SAMA award-winning producer, leads the listener on a pensive and inspiring musical journey whilst demonstrating the vast scope of jazz in 18 finely tuned tracks, showing respect for an extensive audience with an impressive (and eclectic) compilation. The album, which derives inspiration from a multitude of musical influences, is assured to equally enthuse young and old, traditionalists and new comers.
Moreira’s own life journey has seen him travel extensively and the album reflects and pays tribute to global citizens who all have their own life lessons with stories to share. The album features some of the finest talents in the industry, all of whom have contributed and added their unique sounds to create an exceptional product. These include international jazz legend Najee, the Lion of Africa - Manu Dibango, vibrant and original hip hop artist Simba, local vocalist Jaco Maria together with South Africa’s top musicians.
States Moreira, “In my travels, I’ve connected with people, experiencing the diversity of life and tapping into the sharing of knowledge. This album is about all of us; especially those that have so much to share yet have no voice. I believe that the world is in a new era, a unique transitional phase and I want that to be highlighted in my music. People are looking inward and finding more self respect now. They are starting to realise that we are all equals and external quick fixes are short lived.”
“The essence of the album is to acknowledge every aspect of life from those that live the jet set life with sleek expensive cars to the barefoot man that walks to work in an African storm – all of us are on the very same path yet with different forms of travelling.”
The album took 8 months to complete and was mastered in Paris in early September by Philippe Brun. Personal friend and photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa has beautifully captured Moreira’s travels and glimpses of this amazing journey are found on the albums artwork.
Produced by Moreira; the album is available at all Musica, Look n Listen and top independent music stores as well as reaching a global fan base in Southern Africa, Zanzibar, the USA, UK and Europe.
Teasers from the album are available on www.moreiramusic.com.