NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2011

As the year end approaches and the Christmas decorations begin to appear in the shops, I am by no means done with this year.

The All Africa Games have come and gone and by all accounts a resounding success. Mozambique showed that they too can host big events. The Rugby World Cup has come and gone and despite South Africa's obvious disappointment, was also a resounding success. Whilst we always want our team to win there can only be one winner. There was massive excitement and joy that surrounded these two events and it was a wonderful distraction for a month or two.

So what have I been up to apart from being a couch potato watching sport?...............................

I ended September attending a fascinating presentation by the private university in Maputo - Universidade A Politechnica to apartheid activist and retired South African Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs. He spent a lot of time in exile in Maputo during the apartheid era and Mozambicans have a soft spot for him as it was here that the bomb went off in 1988 where he lost an arm and sight in one eye which was tragic but did not stop him. It was a privilidge to see him being honoured in this manner.

October started with me playing on stage with my good friend Childo Tomas (who plays with Omar Sosa) and Salif Keita. What chemistry! A truly awesome concert.

Then it was back to South Africa to play at two corporate gigs with my electronic trio which were huge fun.

Last week, I performed with the band from the University of Eduardo Mondlane to make the celebrations of Samora Machel's 25th anniversary which was very inspirational.

Then last weekend I performed with my friend and percussionist Tlale from Johannesburg and DJ Kikka from Portugal at the Black Sensation Dance Party held in Maputo. A party lasting 48 hours!

Its been a busy busy month! See you soon.

MOREIRA