Based: Cape Town
Saxophonist, Ethnomusicologist, Producer, Composer, Entrepreneur
Multi-award winning Moreira Chonguica (35) is a celebrated musician, originally from Mozambique but now based in Cape Town, South Africa.
His genre speciality:
Contemporary jazz and world music – AFRO WORLD JAZZ
Producing the inaugural MOREJAZZ concert series with US saxophonist, NAJEE (April 2012)
Producing the album “KHANIMAMBO – Moreira Chonguica pays tribute to Mozambican
legends Vol 1”
Most recent release:
KHANIMAMBO – Moreira Chonguica pays tribute to Mozambican legends Vol 1 (2011)
The Moreira Project backing band comprises top musicians from Cape Town chosen and rehearsed to suit the event.
- The Moreira Project Vol 2 – Citizen of the World was nominated for three South African Music Awards in 2009, and was awarded two namely for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Album Packaging.
- The Moreira Project Vol 1 – The Journey was nominated for three South African Music Awards in 2007 and was awarded one for Best Producer.
- The Moreira Project Vol 1 – The Journey was selected from 8000 entries and one of eight albums chosen to be awarded the inaugural A & R international music award in 2008.
- Produced three songs for Simpiwe Dana for her album Kulture Noir.
- Part of Brazilian documentary on Africa – Mama Africa shot in 10 African countries.
- Moreira was included in the list by Jornal Noticias of Mozambique as the Best of 2009 together with President Guebuza and the Mambas (Mozambican football team).
- He was also elected Cultural Personality of 2009 by Radio Mozambique.
Performance highlights in 2011/2012:
- Jazz and Blues Festival, Guaramiranga and Fortaleza, Brazil – March 2011
- Cape Town Festival – March 2011
- Luanda Jazz Festival 2011
- All Africa Games 2011
- BCI 15th Anniversary launch – Nov 2011
- Cape Town International Jazz Festival – Mar 2012
- MOREJAZZ series – April 2012
Career highlights in 2011/2012:
- Only African invited to Jazz and Blues Festival in Brazil – March 2011
- Completed the Khanimambo CD with 10 artists from Mozambique
- Invited to participate in the International Education & Entertainment conference New Delhi – Nov 2011