Albino Mbie

Albino Mbie

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Biography

Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from a 5-liter can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords.

Drawn to the sounds of neighborhood street musicians in Maputo, Albino began to play in a number of local bands. As with his home-made guitar, Albino wanted to combine styles and incorporate diverse elements in his music. For his talents to grow, he knew he needed experience new places, cultures, and sounds.

While studying music education and Performance at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where he could expand his musical horizons. Soon after, Mbie was one of the first students to receive a full scholarship to Berklee through the African Scholars program. In 2009, he settled in Boston, Massachusetts.

At Berklee, he was exposed to a variety of influences, but wanted to go deeper into the roots of jazz and expand his knowledge of music. He auditioned and was selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, which is directed by Danilo Perez and the residency teachers, including Joe Lovano John Patitucci, and Terri Lyne Carrington. The Institute emphasizes an artist's original vision in jazz, and has helped Mbie find his own unique voice in the art form.

Albino still felt the absence of his own Mozambican traditions in his music. With the help of his mentors, Richard Bona and Lionel Loueke, two of the most prominent African musicians in the United States of America today, he began to bridge that gap.

Today, Albino”s music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique Moz-Jazz sound. He will always continue to combine and capture the energies of different musical traditions to create a unified and original musical style.

Albino Mbie’s original composition “Mozambique Dance” was recorded by Jazz Revelation Records, a student-run record label at the Berklee College of Music, for the 8th annual album released in 2011. He also recorded “Awusiwana,” his own composition, for the Berklee 2012 summer album. His debut album, also called “Mozambique Dance”  was released on July  2013.

He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Performance , production music and sound engineering and Minor in acoustics and electronics in 2013 .

Albino Mbie released his first album titled ” Mozambican Dance” in July 2013 with 12 original compositions with musicians from 16 countries in 2014 .Album awards:     First Place for ” International Song writing Competition” in the category of World Music(USA)

” Ngoma Mozambique ” Warded “revelation prize”  of the year of 2013/14

Nomination by ” Radio France International” (RFI ) 2014 for best upcoming African Artist.


Lyrics

Where you Come From ?

Written By: Albino Mbie

Where You Come From
intro: Para ra ro re Para ra ro ra ro ro

Verse 1
They say our language is worn
no one speaks it anymore- BUT I DO,
They say our customs are out of date
no one honors them anymore - BUT I DO,

Pre-chorus
Our history has no cobwebs ‘cause no one ever wrote it down
Out traditions have vanished like clouds after a storm

CHORUS
Don’t you wanna know,
Don’t you wanna know where you come from
Don’t you wanna know
Don’t you wanna know where you come from

Verse 2:
Don’t you want your kids to know
there’s hope beyond the horizon - ‘cause I do
Don’t you want your kids to believe
They can find it again -’cause I do

Pre-chorus
Our history has no cobwebs ‘cause no one ever wrote it down
But our soil still holds the old beat deep underground

Bridge
I refuse to be an orphan
a leaf floating in the air
a verse that no mouth ever claims
Our future’s hidden in this sacred place

Chorus
Don’t you wanna know
Don’t you wanna know where you come from
Don’t you wanna know
Don’t you wanna know where you come from

Where you Come From

Written By: Albino Mbie

Where You Come From
intro: Para ra ro re Para ra ro ra ro ro

Verse 1
They say our language is worn
no one speaks it anymore- BUT I DO,
They say our customs are out of date
no one honors them anymore - BUT I DO,

Pre-chorus
Our history has no cobwebs ‘cause no one ever wrote it down
Out traditions have vanished like clouds after a storm

CHORUS
Don’t you wanna know,
Don’t you wanna know where you come from
Don’t you wanna know
Don’t you wanna know where you come from

Verse 2:
Don’t you want your kids to know
there’s hope beyond the horizon - ‘cause I do
Don’t you want your kids to believe
They can find it again -’cause I do

Pre-chorus
Our history has no cobwebs ‘cause no one ever wrote it down
But our soil still holds the old beat deep underground

Bridge
I refuse to be an orphan
a leaf floating in the air
a verse that no mouth ever claims
Our future’s hidden in this sacred place

Chorus
Don’t you wanna know
Don’t you wanna know where you come from
Don’t you wanna know
Don’t you wanna know where you come from

Discography

Mozambican Dance