Remna Schwarz
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Remna Schwarz

Praia, Praia, Cape Verde | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | INDIE

Praia, Praia, Cape Verde | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2007
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"Grandes Africanos"

"Vivi em muitos países e estive sujeito a diversas influências musicais, até que iniciei um processo de retorno às raízes. E assim surgiu o meu estilo musical" - Remna Schawarz (músico e rapper de origem guineense) - RTP Africa

"Remna Schwarz lança 'Saltana' na internet"

Músico lança ‘Saltana’ no iTunes para cativar novos públicos.

“Estamos numa fase em que a internet tem um poder de comunicação muito grande e que nunca tivemos antes”, afirmou Remna Schwarz hoje, dia de lançamento do CD ‘Saltana’ no iTunes.

Este lançamento na internet “é algo que já devíamos ter feito há muito tempo” continuou o músico. “O ‘Saltana’ só foi lançado no mercado francês, do Senegal, Guiné Bissau e aqui em Cabo Verde”, por isso agora é altura de alargar fronteiras e conquistar novos mercados.

Não sendo uma novidade, ‘Saltana’ foi lançado em 2007, o álbum conhece agora um novo impulso e vai entrar no mercado virtual. “De que forma posso alcançar outros mercados se não for pela internet?” pergunta em jeito de conclusão. - Expresso Das Ilhas



Lead vocal, Backing vocals, all guitars: Remna Schwarz/Bass on all tracks : Olivier Poulot except track (5) Bass: Olivier Ounia/Drums and percussions on all tracks: Lamine “Sly”N’diaye except track (11) Kabass: Vincent

Chazot/Piano,Organ,Rhodes: João de Oliveira/ Saxophone: Pierre Labore on track (6)/Flute,Saxophone: Simon Couratier on tracks (6) & (9)/additional Organ on track (8): Didier Girard. All tracks except tracks (4),(7),(12) arrangments provided by original band members Olivier Poulot, Lamine N’diaye & Remna Schwarz/ Kabass arrangments on track (11) provided by Vincent Chazot/ Tracks (4),(7),(12) arranged by Remna Schwarz/additional arrangments on track (8) by Daniel Fonceka/ all Piano ,Organ and keys arrangments provided by João De Oliveira. All tracks recorded in : Orléans,France. Studio Arnaud Malandin except tracks (4),(7),(12) recorded at Rebrechien Studio/ Mix : Francky Mouts & Remna Schwarz / Master: Franky Mouts/ Keys,Organ,Piano takes recorded in Rebrechien Studio. All lyrics and music by Remna Schwarz except track (5) lyrics by José Carlos Schwarz/ track (8) music by Daniel Fonceka & Remna Schwarz. SALTANA 2007 First Album ever to be produced gathering all influences from Guiné Bissau, Mali, USA, the Caribean, Senegal, Cape Verde... The original band members since 2001 “ SALATANA” were Olivier Poulot, Lamine N’diaye,Vincent Chazot & Remna Schwarz . They layed tracks from their repertoire including 2 songs written in french. LINE UP 1.37ÉME DE MON ALLÉE 2.TADJA PANHA 3.UPON DA SURFACE 4.LE MAL EST FAIT 5.KERENSA*(Lyrics:José Carlos Schwarz/ Music: Remna Schwarz) 6.SALIMATA WAR 7.ONE WAY 8.NUBIAN BLUESIN’ 9.SHADY SHADOW 10.TEARS OF SORROW 11.KABALINDADI 12.SO MUCH TO GIVE



“Rem Na” is a Balanta name. Balanta is an ethnic group in Guiné Bissau, country in which his father was born and raised. The legend says that it is while sitting under a tree and playing guitar that this name came to him. Strangely, his father being from another ethnic group; the “Peppel” he should have chosen otherwise. It is probably the origin of  Remna Schwarz’s controversy today. “Rem Na” means “enough”, “no more”…His father being a singer and an activist, it probably meant “enough” with the dictatorship and colonial occupancy. Perhaps José Carlos Schwarz did not want another child…we will never know, for he passed away in a terrible plane accident in Cuba in 1977. He is, still today, considered one of the most important names in Guiné Bissau’s history.

Remna sees the day in Senegal, his mother, a Cape Verdean woman, remarries a few years later and Remna’s childhood and teenage years are filled with packing and unpacking luggage for he travels him and his family through countries like Zaire, Mali, Senegal, Guiné Bissau, Portugal, United States and France.

His first artistic encounter is with Hip Hop, then Reggae in which he excels being a back vocalist in a Reggae band during two years. While touring in France, he writes his first songs and surprises the audiences with the maturity of his compositions, his vocal range and sensitivity.

In 1999, he decides to initiate his solo career. He builds a style of his own: mixing acoustic influences with African music, reggae grooves and jazzy harmonies. All of this served on the concrete streets that he’s been living in for years in France. His exceptional way of playing guitar makes his musical approach very original. It is needless to say
that Remna’s travels and lifestyles have a big repercussion on his music writing which makes it very difficult to brand.

2001 is the year he starts performing live and quickly, he is an opening act for artists with different backgrounds; artists such as NIOMINKA BI (Reggae) DARAA-J (Afro Hip Hop) Lokua Kanza (World music).He plays right before the worldwide acclaimed artist YOUSSOU N’DOUR in an international festival in Switzerland. He is also booked to play
regularly in Jazz clubs in Paris (ex:BAISER SALÉ) This probably defines Remna’s work: his ability to fit anywhere.

In 2004 him and his band win the first prize in the contest TREMPLIN BACSTAGE, a contest involving more than 2,000 bands throughout France. He reaches the semi-finals of another contest destined to a rock audience in 2005 called EMERGENZA. The same year, he receives a “LAURÉAT DÉFI JEUNES 2005” which is a prize that allows his trio to tour the regional much demanded showrooms and the prestigious festival “ PRINPTEMPS DE BOURGES” on the set “ ENVIE D’AGIR” for discoveries of the year.

He showcases in the “FNAC” des Halles in Paris with his first “demo” in 2006. In April of 2007, he opens for pop international artist AYO in the biggest Concert hallof Orléans in FRANCE and releases his first awaited album untitled “SALTANA” in May of the same year.

Remna Schwarz settles in Cabo Verde in 2008 where he co-produces the tribute concert for his father JOSÉ CARLOS SCHWARZ & ORLANDO PANTERA, involving more than 30 artists from Guiné Bissau and Cabo Verde such as ENEIDA MARTA, TERESINHA ARAUJO, MARIO LUCIO, PRINCEZITO, RAIZ DI POLON and many more. He also produces the album KU DJITO DI SUKUTA, directing some internationally acclaimed musician and producers from Guiné & Cabo Verde ( HERNANI ALMEIDA, MANECAS COSTA, TO ALVES…)

In 2011, he is selected to open the third edition of the KRIOL JAZZ FESTIVAL in Cabo Verde.

Thanks to his teaching abilities, he is contracted in 2012 to be a vocal coach for the CAVIBEL program “BOLSAS MUSICAIS”.

For the first time in 2013, Guiné Bissau is entering the network of tours of the “INSTITUTS FRANÇAIS” for musicians in the sub-regional countries. The first band to be selected to represent Guiné Bissau in that tour in February of the same year is Remna Schwarz and his band.

With more than a thousand live performances, Remna has always been able to perform or to record with older and much more experienced musicians. He is not only a poet (some might say) or a great singer and song writer. He is also very “musical”. As Journalist and music critic from Cabo Verde Nadir Almeida would put it :”(…) One can see images reflected in the music, poetry mixed up with melodies, paintings in the drumming that engages perfectly with what is said, how it is said and played (…) Remna is no longer a promess, yet a certainty.”

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