From the mountains of Namaacha, in Mozambique, comes one of the most relevant and poignant MCs of Southern Africa. Azagaia is revolutionary, political and an avid critic of the Mozambican government. He has been censored, boycotted and even he was imprisoned on false drug charges. But the fact is that he is the voice of the young generation and respected all over the country. The Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone called him a “hero of the people” and in many ways he is the only voice of opposition.
His latest single “MIR - Música de Intervenção Rápida” (Rapid Intervention Music) was written after the last demonstration of the veterans of war that was brutally ended by the Mozambican police. The Minister of Justice responded to the song saying that sometimes the Human Rights can be violated to protect “higher interests”.
His second album Cubaliwa is a word of the language Masena, meaning birth or being born, spoken in the central region of Mozambique, Manica and Sofala, the latter which is known as one of the cradles of the resistance in Mozambique, where names that emerged in the '60s spearheaded social organizations, and later policies, responsible for the movement that won the Independence. Cubaliwa is also a word of the language Ronga, and with a similar meaning in the languages Changana and Xitsua; means writing or it is written.
This summarises the concept of his second album, it is a call to change mentalities and the need for each Mozambican to be born again, to be more open, hard-working, to be a listener and culturally rooted, to be less corruptible, to be free from prejudice as racism, tribalism and social classicism; to be able to manage the economic resources of their country in a more human perspective and not only towards profit. This change can only happen through Education; hence the need to pick and value what is written by Mozambicans and all who contribute to the global knowledge.
Backed by the Os Cortadores de Lenha who features some of the finest musicians in the country, they lay the foundation for Azagaia’s hard-hitting lyrics and charismatic stage persona to leave the audience in raptures.
Management & Bookings (Worldwide):
RSA (Whatsapp): +27 79 162 3138
Moz: +258 84 433 4432
Bookings (Mozambique & Brazil):
Moz: +258 845142488
Photo credits Dinho Lima
Azagaia - Minha Geração (c/ Ras Haitrm & Word Sound and Power) Official Video
Azagaia - MIR Música de Intervenção Rápida
Azagaia - A Marcha Director's Cut
Azagaia - Minha Mesa
Azagaia - O ABC do Preconceito
Azagaia - As verdades
Azagaia - Sétimo Dia (Official Video)