MOREIRA ALBUM LAUNCH
Celebrated saxophonist, Moreira Chonguica, launches his debut album 'The Moreira Project Volume 1', on Tuesday 29th November- 19:30 - at Hemisphere in Cape Town.
The album specialises in contemporary African fusion Jazz and was recorded by the independent label 'Morestar Entertainment'. Produced by Mark Fransman and Moreira; the album is set to create a new awakening in jazz lovers as well as capturing a niche for the "fresh ear". The Moreira Project is made up of Cape Town's hottest young jazz musicians.
States an elated Moreira, "It's been a long road to get to this point but it's only just the beginning for everyone concerned."
Not only is he gifted by a phenomenal song-writing ability, his energetic performances have also secured the support and talent of international jazz legend Najee on several of the tracks on the album.
Moreira recently returned from a highly successful launch in Mozambique where a portion of the ticket sales were donated to the Escola Nacional de Musica School, in order to restore the building and encourage education, something Moreira feels passionately about.
Born in Mozambique, 28 year old Moreira relocated to Cape Town where he graduated with an honours distinction in Jazz Performance at the South African College of Music (University of Cape Town) in 2000. Moreira has established an impressive list of credits to him name to date, performing with bands such as Allou April, Judith Sephuma, UCT Big band and Robbie Jansen, to name just a few.
He has performed on numerous CD's for top SA musicians like Alvin Dyers, Jimmy Dludlu, Loading Zone, Stewart Sukuma, Mabulu Project and Wanda Baloyi. He has participated in various international festivals with Jimmy Dludlu's band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in both 1999 and 2000; Chicago Jazz Festival 2000; International African Music Festival of Wurzburg in Germany 2002; African Summer Festival in Harare, Zimbabwe 2002 and many South African festivals: The Joy of Jazz in 2000, The African summer stage in Cape Town in 2000, Grahamstown Arts Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town and the UCT Jazz Festival.
He plays regularly with South Africa's top DJ's as well as in his own electronic duo called M-Connexxion with Mark Fransman.