28 March 2006

MOREIRA - FRONT AND CENTRE


Celebrated saxophonist, Moreira Chonguica, will be one of the headlining acts for the highly anticipated Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Moreira will be performing with a full band "Moreira Project" for the opening night on Friday 31st March 2006 - 22:30.

Known as the "The Moreira Project" Moreira will be taking to the stage in a form that hasn't been seen before in Cape Town. Two drum kits and four additional brass. Moreira has brought together an awe inspiring group of musicians who performed with him on the album to join him on stage for this occasion.

Credible musicians such as:
Mark Fransman - Keyboards; Frank Paco & Kevin Gibson - Drummers; John Hassan - Percussion; Helder Gonzado - Bass Guitar; Cameron Ward - Lead Guitar; Buddy Wells - Tenor Saxophonist; Marcus Wyatt - Trumpet and Flugelhorn Willie Haubrich - Trombone and Bass Trombone; Mimi Ntenjwa & Tumi Mathale - Vocals.

Moreira's album "The Journey Volume 1" specialises in contemporary African fusion Jazz and was recorded by the independent label 'Morestar Entertainment'. Produced by Mark Fransman and Moreira, the album is creating 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 is truly an honour to be performing at this festival, I have performed on many international stages and festivals but this is one that will be unique and I can assure the audience that this will be a performance packed with spunk and a whole lot of energy"

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.

Born in Mozambique, 29 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.