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The Journey

Moreira Chonguica


Cat: MP01

The Moreira Project is led by the Mozambican saxophonist Moreira Chonguica, a graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa who obtained an honours degree in Musicology in 2000. Chonguica has now made Cape Town, the 'Mother City', his home base, but his vision and musical reach is truly international.

As well as performing with bands such as Allou April, Judith Sephuma, UCT Big band and Robbie Jansen, he has contributed to the albums recorded by some of South Africa's top artists such as Alvin Dyers, Jimmy Dludlu, Loading Zone, Stewart Sukuma, Mabulu Project and Wanda Baloyi.

Chonguica delights in collaborating with the world's top performers and has also, in recent years, played at many major international jazz festivals and made regular appearances at South Africa's premier jazz celebrations such as the Joy of Jazz, the Jazzathon, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town. He also accepts frequent invitations to appear and perform on South Africa's radio and TV.

Despite a hectic work schedule in and around Cape Town, which has even included a marketing campaign for the giant chain store Woolworths, he has been touring extensively overseas. He has taken his music to the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Chicago Jazz Festival 2000 in the US, the African Summer Jazz Festival in Zimbabwe and made European appearances at the Victoria Jazz Festival in Spain, the International African Music Festival at Wurzberg in Germany as well as the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.


Moreira Project

Chonguica plays with his own band, the Moreira Project, drawing together some of Cape Town's most exciting jazz musicians. The very nature of the Moreira Project is that the musicians vary--it is a fluid arrangement that sees different line-ups being called upon for different occasions. Chonguica also plays regularly with a number of Cape Town DJ's as well as in his own electronic duo called M-Connexxion with key-board ace Mark Fransman, who co-produced this album.

Mainly recorded at the Paris Studios at Fish Hoek outside Cape Town, although some tracks and samples originate from recordings made in Maputo, The Journey features many of the inspiring musicians that form the nucleus of the Moreira Project including Fransman along with Kevin Gibson and John Hassan on percussion; Lucas Khumalo on bass guitar; Cameron Johnward on lead guitar; Buddy Wells on tenor sax; Marcus...

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