Elisa Lisete James Humbane, popularly known as Lizha James (born December 12, 1982), is one of the biggest musicians in Lusophone Africa. Born in the capital of Mozambique, Maputo 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.
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.
In 2005, Lizha releases her second album a major success – Rainha do Ragga (Queen of Reggae) – that includes hits like “4 all ya”. In 2006, with the video clip for this song Lizha is awarded the Channel O Music Video Award for Best Female Video. She was nominated in 6 categories.
In 2007 she is again awarded 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 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 the Best Artist of Southern Africa for the song “Estilo xakhale”. The song was a collaboration with South African artists Loyiso and Kabelo.
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.
In 2010, Lizha James finally got engaged and married her long-term boyfriend and music producer – Bang. Her wedding counted the presence of famous African artists like Anselmo Ralph, Gilberto Mendes, among others. Her wedding dress was designed by the Mozambican stylist Taibo. After this Lizha gave birth to a girl. During pregnancy time Lizha reduced her appearances, however, she kept active in the music world
Bang Entertainment is an entertainment and label company founded by her boyfriend Bang, that promotes Mozambican music and helps to organize events in the country.
The label used to have many of the most famous Mozambican artists like, Valdomiro Jose, Dama do Bling, Ziqo, Denny OG and Marlenn. Together with these artists, Lizha performed a various number of songs like “Amigo e quem ajuda” (Friend is the one who helps) and Sekelekane.
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 of the acclaimed Mozambican song “Totte”, remixing the jazz sounds of Jimmy Dludlu.
She launch “Nandi We” in 2011, a song that speaks about domestic violence, and in the same year “Stop Trafico” financed by the Embassy of USA in Mozambique and talks about children’s traffic and gives awareness to the people about this real problem in Mozambique as well in the world. Some people however find that this was a very heavy video clip.
Recently Lizha launched her new single “Gotta Move On”, a song that is a 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.
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