Based : Mozambique
Lisa Lisete James Humbane, popularly known as Lizha James, is one of the biggest musicians in Lusophone Africa. Born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, her music style includes a mixture of rhythms like Marrabenta, Reggae, R&B and hip-hop. She is also famous for the Mozambican style Dzukuta Pandza
Daughter of Jaime James Humbane and Madalena Fernando, she started to sing as part of the Methodist Church, Igreja Metodista Unida. According to her father, Elisa is her aunt name who used to sing as well, and Lizha is a short name for Elisa since when young she was short. According to her mother, Lizha was never a problematic girl, always directed to studies and religious. By the age of 14, Lizha joins one of the most famous house music groups in Mozambique – Electro base. However her career gains a boost only when she started to perform solo, launching her first album in 2000 – Watching you. Two years later she started to work as a print model for companies like Coca-Cola; Sabco; Mcel; King Pie; etc.
This is the third album released by Lizha James and features more of Lizha’s James musical growth with a blend of mixes of Marrabenta and Raggae. Most popular singles off the album include songs like “Lutas entre Familias” and “Aniguiri” which display brilliant mixing of different genres of music hence defining Mozambican popular music genre. In 2007 she is again awarded with the Channel O Music Video Award for best video in the category R&B, and Afro Music Channel Grammy for best song with the song “Nuna wa Mina” (My husband). In 2008 she is again awarded with a Channel O Music Video Award for best female video for the song “Nita Mukuma Kwini” (“Where are we going?”).”Nita mukuma kwini” ( where will I find him/her)
During this period, Lizha made diverse partnerships with South African singers like Mandoza, Loyiso and Kabelo. In 2009, she was awarded with the Best Artist of Southern Africa for the song “Estilo xakhale”. The song was a collaboration with South African artists Loyiso and Kabelo.
In 2010, she recorded a song with the Brazilian singer Alcione, “És Meu” (“You are mine”) for the Part II of her album Sentimentos de Mulher. For the same album, she recorded her version for the acclaimed mozambican song “Totte”, remixing the jazz sounds of Jimmy Dludlu.
Recently Lizha launched her new single “Gotta Move On”, a song that is mixture of Pandza, Kwaito, House and Dancehall. According to Lizha: “The song talks about a person who is not sure where they stand but feels that they have to move on regardless. The beat takes over the person and the more they dance, the more their self-esteem grows. That is why we didn’t put a character in the video as there is no history, only feelings”