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Manecas Costa

Manecas Costa, a well-known guitarist, composer, and singer from Guinea-Bissau, is well-known for his socially relevant songs in a territory ripped apart by internal (social) strife. In the year 1967, he was born in the city of Cacheu.

Manecas Costa’s work is based on the gumbe, a musical expression and dance prevalent in his homeland that is accompanied by a water drum. He sings in Creole, a language that combines indigenous and Portuguese elements.

Costa grew up surrounded by the rich musical traditions of his homeland, including Manjak and Jola choirs, Balanta dancing balafons, Manding kora music, and the seductive sensuality of gumbe, a Creole dance beat with immense sexual potency.

Costa began playing the guitar at the age of nine, inspired by the legendary Guinean guitarist Jose Carlos Shwarz, and created the band ‘Africa Live’ with his brother Nelson. Costa’s local renown was so great while he was in his teens that UNICEF chose to appoint him a Goodwill Ambassador.

Costa relocated to Lisbon in 1990 and has collaborated with Lusophone classics such as Waldemar Bastos, Bana, and Paulinho Vieira, as well as international talents like Susheela Rahman.

His fame grew after that, as he sang about migration, corruption, and conflict, as well as his youth, love, and, of course, the beauty of his motherland.
He has become one of the most well-liked performers due to his great guitar playing, vocals, and rhythms.

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Desiire

DESIIRE

In order to produce music that is full of mesmerizing instrumentals and somber simplicity, Congolese musician DESIIRE, who is based in Toronto, provides a distinctive combination of R&B, Afro, Electronic, and Hip-Hop. Inspired by pioneering African artists like Papa Wemba,...
M.I Blue

M.I. Blue

The alternative-soul singer and composer M.I. Blue is among the most multifaceted performers you will encounter. The female Eritrean artist embodies the spirit, sound, and culture of Toronto's burgeoning music industry. Her own East African heritage as well as jazz...
RoTation

RoTation

RoTation is perhaps one of Sudan's most diverse rappers. His saucy delivery and lyrical approach have also earned him a unique spot in the hearts of his contemporaries. Rapper, songwriter, and producer roTation can effortlessly go from fast spitting to...
Dua Saleh

Dua Saleh

The Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter and rapper of Sudanese descent, Dua Saleh, is renowned for her captivating bravado and menacing gloom. She has transformed her prior solemnity into swaggering confidence. It would be easy to call Dua Saleh a natural. Her songs...
G-Salih

G-SALIH

Coming from Arlington, Virginia, and born to Sudanese parents, Gihad, known as G-SALIH, has always been thoughtful with his bars. His distinctive style draws the listener's attention right away, and his powerful lyricism empowers them to sink into the lessons...
Deena Abdelwahed

Deena Abdelwahed

Tunisian vocalist Deena Abdelwahed earned her stripes on the Tunisian scene and as part of the Arabstazy collective and is noted for her hybridized DJ sets. Deena was born in the Qatari city of Doha in 1989, and her incredible...
Kususa

Kususa

Kususa is a South African electronic dance duo consisting of Joshua Sihle Sokweba (Kunzima Theology) and Mncedi Tshicila (Samurai Yasusa). The band's name, "Kususa," is a combination of the members' stage names as well as a term that, when loosely...
Joya Mooi

Joya Mooi

South African and Dutch songbird Joya Mooi's name seems destined for a life of happiness and beauty wrapped in her mesmerizing vocals. She is gifted with unadulterated penmanship, a seductive vocal range, and a burning desire to transform the memories,...
Moël

Moël

Moël, born Mewael Hadera, is an Ethiopian-Canadian artist based in Toronto, Canada. He is one of a kind who somehow has managed to acoustically blend components of traditional Ethiopian sounds with modern R&B sounds. Moël’s soulful melodies contain essential sentiment, escapism,...
DeMajor

DeMajor

DeMajor is a house artist who dabbles in tribal and Afro-house genres. The self-taught producer, who was enthusiastic about music, engaged in music school, which improved his musical ability and surely provided him with the finesse to compose blazing sounds...

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