Based: Cape Town
Jaco Maria was born in the coastal province of Inhambane, south of Mozambique, in May 1958.
Still a teenager it was already clear that he had a unique talent for music. But it wasn’t until he was a young man that Jaco Maria finally found a place where he would undoubtedly feel at home ever since: on a stage, with a microphone in his hand and a guitar on his shoulder.
Jaco’s music is characterized by African rhythms, Afro-jazz and Afro-pop, but he often surprises his followers with rhythms like hip hop or funk.
During the ’80´s, Jaco moved to South Africa. It wasn’t long before he had taken the lead role as vocalist for South African “super group”, Ozila, popular for the hit ‘I’m suffering’.
In the years that followed, Jaco Maria played with a number of groups and musicians, some of which well known across the world.
From his respectable journey as a musician, it is important to highlight his participation as lead vocalist in the South African group Loading Zone (Universal Music), as well numerous live collaborations with some of the finest African musicians, such as Allou April, Jimmy Dludlu, Judith Sephuma, and others.
Jaco Maria also sang as a back vocalist for musicians like Miriam Makeba and Papa Wemba. He collaborated in music albums by Jimmy Dludlu (‘Echoes From The Past’ and ‘Corners Of My Soul’), Tucan Tucan, Allou April (‘Bringing Joy’), Wanda Baloyi (‘So Amazing’), Moreira Chonguiça, Musa Manzini, The Parlotones and Freshlyground.
In the year 2000 Jaco released the first music album with his name printed on the cover – ‘Life Again’.
In 2013, the Mozambican musician currently residing in the majestic Cape Town (South Africa) finally unveils to the public his long waited music album – ‘THE STORYTELLER’, produced by Lucas Khumalo.
In ‘THE STORYTELLER’ Jaco Maria maturely winds through rhythms like Afro-pop and Afro-Jazz, and even tropical rhythms from Latin America, making up for 16 refreshing and involving songs. ‘THE STORYTELLER’ is an ode to Africa and tells a message of hope in a bright and safe future for the continent.
For Jaco, recording ‘THE STORYTELLER’ had a very special meaning. In his own words: “Recording Storyteller I felt like I had arrived ‘home’, after spending so many years patiently listening to and observing other musicians. This time I also counted on the participation of some of the most refined musicians in the current South African music scene”.
In effect, besides Jaco Maria on voice, a luxurious set of musicians play in ‘THE STORYTELLER’: Lucas Khumalo (SA) on the bass-guitar; Anthon Mannel (SA) and Frank Paco (MOZ) on the drums; Joseph Avergel (SA) and Tony Paco (MOZ) on the percussion; Mark Goliath (SA) and Shaggy Scheepers on the keyboards; Nathan Carolus (SA) and Angelo Syster on the guitar; John Hassan (MOZ) on the percussion and voice; and Bongiwe Mpanza (SA) and Fancy Galada on backing vocals, and Buddy Wells on (Saxophone) (SA).