9th SAMA NOMINATION FOR MOREIRA CHONGUIÇA

Morestar Entertainment, the recording label for the superb ‘collaboration album’, M & M; MOREIRA CHONGUIÇA & MANU DIBANGO, is proud to announce that the album has been nominated for a South African Music Award in the category Best African Artist Album

Released in 2017 after 5 years in the making, the album pays homage to great jazz standards close to the hearts of Mozambican saxophonist, Chonguiça and Cameroonian saxophonist, Dibango.

“I am honoured that this album has been recognised by the South African music industry. M & M has once again showed the power of collaboration. It was such a privilege to record side by side with one of Africa’s greatest musicians and it is an experience that I will cherish forever”, says Moreira.

“This was a special experience for me working with a musician who is not only a fellow saxophonist but also my friend. Despite our age difference, we have many similarities in our styles of music. I enjoyed the opportunity of re-arranging US standards and giving them an African twist. We must not forget where we come from, our heritage, our soul. The roots of jazz are in Africa” says the legendary Manu Dibango.

Recorded in France at Ferber Studios in Paris, and mastered in Cape Town at Milestone Studios, this album has received widespread acclaim.

This will be Moreira Chonguica’s 9th SAMA nomination. Previous nominations include – The Moreira Project Vol 1: The Journey nominated for Best Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Producer which went on to win; The Moreira Project Vol 2: Citizen of the World, nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz, Best Producer and Best Album Packaging and went on to win Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Album Packaging and Khanimambo was nominated for Best Engineer and Best African Adult Album.

M & M: Moreira Chonguica & Manu Dibango, was also nominated for an AFRIMA award in 2017.

Moreira will be joining Manu Dibango at the Africa Festival in Wurtzburg, Germany in May 2018.

Moreira has also spoken at Music Exchange MEX (the music conference is now its 8th year this year to be held on 1 and 2 Sept in Cape Town ) and he has been a keynote speaker for a number of years along with his manager Lesley Wells.

Pictured below is Martin Myers convenor of Mex and Moreira

 

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Spring into Music Exchange with Thabiet Allie, COO of TurnUp Music Thurs 8 and Fri 9th September

What is exciting is that the annual Music Exchange conference is around the corner, on Thursday and Friday, September 9 and 8, at Grandwest Market Hall and a great product will be launched at the conference called TurnUp Music.

Careers are made and broken online, and TurnUp Music is the new digital disruption platform that artists, and fans alike, will love.
TurnUp Music, in collaboration with WeChat and Endemol Shine Africa, is an online music service dedicated to helping musicians build their careers by offering the platform to reach and grow their fan base.

Available exclusively through WeChat, TurnUp is the ultimate gateway to a host of local talent, including various South African superstars the like of MiCasa, Nathi, Emtee and Vusi Nova.
“Our core mission at WeChat is to make every day easier for everyone,” says Brett Loubser, CEO of WeChat Africa.
“From publishing, licensing marketing and distribution, the traditional music model wasn’t built for the benefit of musicians or the fans. We’re doing away with that. Firstly by making sure the musicians are well looked after by reaping maximum benefit from their work. Then we help them take their product to the fans that then can buy the music on our platform,” continues Loubser.

As a local artist-centric space online, where undiscovered artists are able to make their music available to the large South African audience, TurnUp Music is about to turn heads as the epicentre where artists and their fans can connect. A dynamic pricing structure ensures that all artists’ fans are catered for.
“What differentiates TurnUp Music is focus. Our aim is to create opportunities to grow artists and amplify their careers by harnessing collaborative marketing reach and opportunities.

Marketing and artist development equals longevity and longevity makes a career in music sustainable and potentially profitable.
It’s this focus that has driven TurnUp to promote talent, provide opportunities for learning new skills and pay artists 70% of download revenue.
TurnUp will further work with Endemol Shine Africa to support TurnUp artists and their music on TV and digital media platforms,” says Thabiet Allie, COO of TurnUp Music.

This TurnUp launch is a very exciting part of the 2016 Music Exchange Programme and together with speakers like Mike Joubert, Arthur Goldstuck, Grant Davison, Kim Kallie Banner and Bev Scott Brown included in the line-up, along with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Moreira Chonguica, all areas of the music business will be covered, including having the legal dynamos Warrick Percy, Nick Matzukis and Adrian Rogowski all speaking.

Mozambican saxophonist MOREIRA CHONGUICA to be awarded SUPERBRAND status

Award winning Mozambican saxophonist MOREIRA CHONGUICA has been selected to receive individual recognition by Superbrands Mozambique at a ceremony to be held in Maputo on Tuesday 30 June 2015. He is the first individual in Mozambique to receive this accolade. It has previously only been bestowed on companies.

Moreira Speaking at Music Exchange 2014 –www.mex15.co.za

Superbrands is the world’s largest independent arbiter of branding. It identifies and pays tribute to exceptional brands by recognising, rewarding and reinforcing leading brands from all over the world. They have launched programmes in over 80 countries including all the key global markets. These programmes aim to identify those brands that are performing above and beyond others within the market. At the heart of each programme is an independent and voluntary council of leading experts comprising individuals with a deep appreciation of the “brandscape” in the country being examined.

In a world of global commerce and competition, excellence matters above all else. Outstanding brands distinguish themselves through collaborative enterprise, creative marketing, and superior products. These are exceptional brands which stand apart, elevating themselves to the prestigious distinction of being named a Superbrand. Participation in Superbrands is by invitation only, and offered to the most outstanding brands in their field. Attaining Superbrands Status strengthens a brand’s position, adds prestige, and reassures consumers and suppliers that they are buying the best brand in its category.

“I am deeply honoured to be recognized in this way by an organization such as Superbrands. For the past ten years my team and I have worked hard to ensure that the Moreira Chonguica brand stays relevant and focused. We will continue to raise our marketing standards and pursue excellence and professionalism in all our endeavours.” says Chonguica.

www.superbrands.co.mz

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