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Saxophonist, Ethnomusicologist, Producer, Composer, Social Entrepreneur

Multi-award winning MOREIRA CHONGUICA is a celebrated jazz musician born and living currently in Mozambique.


Moreira attended the University of Cape Town to further his music studies and he graduated from the South African College of Music with a degree in jazz performance and an honours degree in Ethnomusicology (cum laude) in 2000.


  1. MP: Reloaded (2013)

This album is a remix of 9 songs from The Moreira Project Vol 1: The Journey and The Moreira Project Vol 2: Citizen of the World. The photographs are by acclaimed artist, Zwelethu Mthethwa. Having played with many DJ’s in South Africa, Moreira was interested adding beats to his jazz music and seeing the results. The album was mixed at Paris Studios by Paris Zannos and Moreira Chonguica and mastered at Milestone Studios by Murray Anderson.

  1. Khanimambo – Moreira Chonguica homenageia Lendas de Moxambique Vol 1. Moreira Chonguica pays tribute to the Legends of Mozambique Vol 1 (2011)

This album is a mixture of traditional Mozambican sounds, rock, ballads and jazz with unsolicited commentary in between most of the tracks by the artists themselves. The ten featured artists on the album are all from different parts of Mozambique. Again all the portrait shots of the artists were shot by Capetonian, Zwelethu Mthethwa. Each artist sings in his or her mother tongue providing an introduction to themselves at the beginning of the song. The instrumentalists were all from Cape Town. Moreira re-arranged all the songs himself and plays on a number of the tracks.

The album was mixed at Paris Studios by Paris Zannos and Moreira Chonguica and mastered at Milestone Studios by Murray Anderson


This album was produced by Moreira alone and honours these Mozambican musicians

  1. The Moreira Project: Vol 2 – Citizen of the World (2009)

Moreira is a prolific researcher and is fascinated by traditional music from different parts of the world. Some examples of samples that he has collected can be found in his latest album THE MOREIRA PROJECT: VOL 2 CITIZEN OF THE WORLD that was released in October 2008. The album features some of the finest talents in the industry all of whom have contributed and added their unique sounds and passion to create an exceptional product. These include Lion of Africa - Manu Dibango , top smooth American jazz artist, Najee, up and coming hip hop artist, Simba; and well known Mozambican/South African vocalist, Jaco Maria.

All the photographs on the album sleeve are by well known artist and photographer, Zwelethu Mthethwa.

The album was mixed in Cape Town and mastered by Phillipe Brun in Paris, France.

In 2009 This album was nominated for three SA Music Awards namely Best Contemporary Jazz, Best Producer and Best Album Packaging and won for


  1. The Moreira Project: Vol 1 – The Journey (2006)

Moreira’s debut album, THE MOREIRA PROJECT: Vol 1 – The Journey was released in January 2006 and received with overwhelming response from the industry as well as the media on both local and international levels. The album expresses not only his phenomenal song writing ability and energetic performances but also his major personal coup of securing the support and talent of international jazz legend – NAJEE on several tracks.

The album specialises in contemporary African fusion jazz and was recorded by Moreira’s own independent recording label, MoreStar Entertainment (Pty) Ltd. Produced by Mark Fransman and Moreira, the album has created a new awakening in jazz lovers as well as capturing a niche for the ‘fresh ear’.


The album won the award for BEST PRODUCER. It was an honour indeed for a debut album produced by an independent record label.


Not only is Moreira a consummate performer, he is also strongly involved in the promotion of education. When his first album was launched in his hometown of Maputo, he donated R10 000 to start a campaign to renovate the Escola Nacional de Musica (National School of Music) the school that he attended as a youth. Whenever he goes back to Maputo, he makes sure to spend some time at the school conducting workshops and involving the children in corporate functions he may be booked for. As Patron, he sees his role as a facilitator and has organised for the director of the school to work as an outreach programme at Tete, near Cahora Bassa. This year he was invited to be the Patron of the Final Year Dance of one of the largest high schools in Maputo, Josina Machel This is an honour usually given to politicians.

He has been involved for a number of years now with the United Nations HIV/Aids agency in Maputo and wrote a song for World Aids Day in 2009 that was performed for the President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza and at the opening of the All African Games in September 2011. In 2010, with assistance from a Brazilian film crew, a video was produced of the song. In 2012, together with the John Hopkins University agency in Mozambique, Moreira as Patron of a project called SensaSons which called for students to write poetry and prose about HIV/Aids and the authors of the top 10 pieces chosen, were each given a small library of books from BCI, as well as having their pieces put to music by musicians chosen by Moreira. A concert was held with all the winners and the artists involved in March 2013. The songs were released on a CD in 2014.

Moreira is also involved with the Central Prison of Maputo’s music programme where he encourages the inmates to use music as a vehicle of reform.

Another project of his is working with the Ministry of Defence’s Musical programme and Military band.

His latest project is the founding of the MOREJAZZ BIG BAND, which take 20 young people from his music school and teaches them the rudimentals of performing in a big band scenario. Their first performances were as the opening act of the MOREJAZZ SERIES.


Apart from producing all his own albums The Moreira Project: “Vol 1 – The Journey”, “Vol 2 – Citizen of the World”, “Khanimambo”, and his latest album MP Reloaded, Moreira has also produced for two top African singers namely AFRIKKANITHA (from Angola) – “Ainda Sonho“ (2 songs) and SIMPIWE DANA (South Africa) – “Kulture Noir” (3 songs)


In 2000 Moreira was chosen by City of Chicago to be part of the Cultural Exchange programme co-ordinated by Ernest Dawkins alongside a few other South African musicians.

In 2002, he was runner up in the annual Adcock Ingram Jazz Competition run through UCT.

In September 2009 – Moreira was invited to play in Rio de Janiero as the only African on the show honouring Brazilian maestro Silvio Barbarto who was tragically killed on the Air France plane that crashed in the Ocean in May 2009. Since then Moreira has made a number of trips to Rio and Brazilia for various events and concerts and recently conducted a master class at the University of Brazilia.

In December 2009, Moreira was included in the list by Jornal Noticias of Mozambique as the Best of 2009 together with President Guebuza and the Mambas (Mozambican Football Team)

Moreira was also elected Cultural Personality of 2009 by Radio Mozambique

In November 2010, Moreira was invited to attend the inaugural African Leaders Network conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as an inaugural member alongside top business and financial leaders of the African continent.

In November 2012, Moreira was invited to attend the 5th Entertainment and Education Conference in New Delhi to present his new project “Sensason” of which he is a patron along with John Hopkins University. This project aims to bring awareness to youth through inviting them to write about themselves and their views on HIV/Aids through poetry and prose which will be put to music.

July 2012 – Moreira was appointed as a member of committee advising the Minister of Culture of Mozambique

2013 – Moreira was awarded the seal of MADE IN MOZAMBIQUE – the first individual to be presented with this accolade.

2013/2014 – Moreira attended a number of World conferences both as a performer and as a participant

2014 – Moreira was voted Cutural Personality of the Year by the journalists of Mozambique’s largest daily newspaper, Noticias

2015 – Moreira was awarded SUPERBRAND status – the first individual in Mozambique to be awarded this accolade.


Since 2005 Moreira has led his own band THE MOREIRA PROJECT which has played at most of Southern Africa’s top festivals namely:

  • Reconciliation Day Concert: 2005

  • Cape Town Jazzathon 2006

  • Summer Concerts at Kirstenbosch 2006

  • Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2006

  • African Renaissance Festival 2006

  • The Gito Baloyi tribute concert, Matola 2006

  • Cape Town International 2007 as a special guest artist of Omar Sosa

  • Grahamstown Jazz Festival 2007

  • Joy of Jazz 2007

  • Arts Alive Festival 2007 as part of Omar Sosa’s Black Team

  • African Renaissance Festival 2006 & 2007

  • Obz Festival 2007 & 2008

  • Cape Town International 2008 as a special guest artist of Najee

  • Inaugural Mozambican Jazz Festival 2008

  • Old Mutual Encounters Jazz Festival in Windhoek in 2008

  • Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar in February 2009

  • Cape Town Festival in March 2009

  • Mozambican Jazz Festival April, 2009

  • International Mozambican Music Festival April, 2009

  • Italian/Mozambique jazz festival – October 2009

  • HIFA (Harare International Festival of the Arts) – April 2010

  • Grahamstown Jazz Festival – June 2010

  • Fan Park, Cape Town – June 2010

  • Reloaded Concert, Maputo – July 2010

  • Ubuntu festival, Cape Town – July 2010

  • Rocking the Daisies, Cape Town – October 2010

  • Jazz and Blues Festival, Guaramiranga and Fortaleza, Brazil – March 2011

  • Cape Town Festival – March 2011

  • Luanda Jazz Festival – July 2011

  • All Africa Games – September 2011

  • Cape Town International Jazz Festival – March 2012

  • MoreJazz Series 1 with Najee – April 2012

  • Morejazz Series 2 with Manu Dibango and his band – August 2012

  • Freedom Day Concert – Cape Town – April 2013

  • Morejazz Series 3 with Jonathan Butler – August 2013

  • MoreJazz Series 3 – Hugh Masekela – September 2013

  • Morejazz Series 4 – with Angelique Kidjo – August 2014

  • Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival = Macau – October 2014

  • Kennedy Centre, Washington DC – March 2015

  • Back2Black, Rio de Janiero – March 2015

  • 40th anniversary celebrations of Mozambican independence – Lisbon, Portugual June/July 2015

  • 40th anniversary celebrations of Mozambican independence – London, UK – July 2015

There are also numerous corporate, government and private events.

Moreira’s band comprises some of South and Southern Africa’s hottest young jazz musicians. He handpicks his band dependant on the event and occasion.

This funky, hip and happening musician who is also a prolific researcher is full of energy and passion and it shows when he plays that sax, whatever the occasion, whatever the event.


  • Featured in the last advert for Laurentina Premium produced by Ogilvy, Mozambique for Ceverjas de Mozambique (2008)

  • Print and outdoor campaign for Vodacom Roaming produced by Golo, Mozambique (2010)

  • Face of BCI’s new 2011 campaign – “Eu Sou Daqui” (I am from here!) (2011)

  • Included in the new Vodacom video for summer (2011) by Golo Mozambique.

  • Featuring in latest Vodacom Roaming campaign (2012)

  • Numerous BCI campaigns (2013/2014/2015)

  • Brand ambassador for Jeep Mozambique 2015


Moreira has composed the music for a number of documentaries which can be seen on his website.

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June 2015

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