October was a celebration of jazz in Maputo, Mozambique to coincide with the 5th edition of the Morejazz Series.

It began on 7 October at the Polana Hotel with the opening of the retrospective exhibition of photographs taken by a variety of Mozambican photographers of previous Morejazz concerts.

Every Wednesday evening during October, the Polana hosted "Under the Stars" movie night featuring some of the best jazz themed movies, which proved incredibly popular and adding to this, every Thursday a jazz band from Maputo that had performed on a previous edition of Morejazz, played on the veranda of the Hotel.

The Morejazz concerts, produced by saxophonist and composer, Moreira Chonguica have over the past few years, have seen the likes of smooth sax supremo, Najee, Lion of Africa, Manu Dibango, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo light up the Mozambican stage alongside some amazing local and regional talent.

2015 was a bumper year with Jonathan Butler deciding to extend his African trip from Windhoek Jazz to accommodate MoreJazz, Mario Laginha and Maria Joao from Portugal who simply took the audiences breath away, and the ever energetic Manu Dibango who just defies age on stage.

Of course, Moreira and his band, The Moreira Project performed as well as did Selen Gulun from Turkey and the shows opened with Mozambique’s own rising stars, The Morejazz Big Band who completely enamoured the audiences with their skill and cuteness.

Educational master classes were held at University of Eduardo Mondlane with both Jonathan Butler and Manu Dibango and a workshop with The Moreira Project keyboard player, Camillo Lombard was held at the Escola Nacional de Musica. Manu Dibango was honoured by UEM at his master class for his contribution to art and culture on the African continent. UEM is the first university on the continent to honour Manu in this way.

It was a month to remember and as the organisers recover, we look to 2016 and Morejazz in October. Maputo, Mozambique is the place to be.

Morejazz is the concert to attend.

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