Massukos

Massukos

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“Musical sunshine – life-giving, happy music that makes you want to dance”. Massukos’ seductive rhythms offer a unique and uplifting blend of traditional sounds from Mozambique's most infectious band.

Biography

Massukos have an enviable reputation as Mozambique’s most successful band; their debut album sold 80,000 and their second album Bumping went to #6 in the European World Music Charts and #1 on RDP Africa, Portugal. Offering a unique and uplifting blend of traditional sounds from Mozambique, Massukos' music has been aptly described as “musical sunshine – life-giving, happy music that makes you want to dance”.

The band are considered national treasures in their native country, renowned both for their stunning music and the humanitarian work that they do. By day, the leader of Massukos, Feliciano dos Santos, is the director and founder of the NGO Estamos (a WaterAid partner); by night he is the guitarist of Mozambique’s most revered band. An inspirational leader, Santos is affectionately known by his many fans as “the Elton John of Mozambique” and was recently recognized for his leading role in campaigning for better public health by being awarded the world's largest environmental prize for grassroots activists. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Award (April 08), which is largely regarded as "the Nobel Prize for the environment".

Originating from Niassa in northern Mozambique, one of the poorest parts of Africa, the band use their high profile to initiate social change. They are passionate about their development work and regularly travel for miles to remote villages to deliver life-saving messages about hygiene, sanitation and HIV/AIDS.

With rave reviews from the UK press and tour dates that include WOMAD (2007) and Glastonbury (2008), the band's success story looks set to continue.

"They deserve to be Africa's next big musical export." Time Out

"This great band.. are a joy live... Bright sun-drenched music with enough edge to keep your mind as well as your feet engaged" (outstanding) The Independent

"a glorious band from Mozambique... infectious and charming **** The Guardian

"I'm a lucky man to sit in front of music like this" Charlie Gillett

"excellent... A big Radio 3 YES to Massukos of Mozambique" Andy Kershaw

"fantastic" Michael Eavis NME

"Massukos, the exuberantly catchy force for good and uplifting musical torch-bearer for one of the poorest parts of Africa" fRoots

"sheer joy" Songlines

"inspirational musical optimism... [music that] has the power to bring sunshine and hope wherever it is played" Fly Global Music Culture

"oh my, how sweet the sounds that greeted my ears... [their music is] beautifully structured and rhythmically alive" World Music Central

"Harnessing their popularity to fight poverty, Massukos make music that is not only phenomenally beautiful but also a powerful force for change” Rita Ray

Discography

Kuimba kwa Massuko
- released 2002
- won gold disc in 2003

Bumping (2007);
- #1 in Top10 RDP-África
- #6 in European World Music Charts (Sep 07)

Radio Airplay in the UK includes:
- BBC 5 Live
- BBC 4
- BBC London
- BBC Radio 3
- BBC Radio Foyle
- BBC Radio Scotland
- BBC Special Overseas Service
- BBC World Service
- SOAS/Resonance FM
- BBC Three Counties Radio

Radio Airplay in Europe includes:
- National Danish Broadcasting Corporation
- ORF Radio Austria
- Cronicas da Terra, Portugal
- Radio Multikulti, Germany
- RDP Africa
- Deutschland Radio Kultur
- NatGeo, Italy
- Radio France International

Radio Airplay in US includes:
- Africamix, KALW
- Echoes of Africa, KKUP
- The Best Ambiance, KEXP

Set List

Typical Set List:
Njango
Muamwali
Atulale
Niassa
Pangira
Kumalembe
Ntolilo
Bumping
Mudacia Wana
Approximately 1 hour.