Moreira Chonguiça

Moreira Chonguiça
Mozambican jazz-saxophonist, composer, producer, academic and philanthropist, Moreira Chonguiça is feted as one of the finest exponents of innovative and original jazz from Africa.

As an independent artist with seven award-winning, globally informed and celebrated albums – Moreira Chonguiça is blazing a trail from his east-African roots to the world.

Exposed to and inspired by the likes of Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Percy Sledge and Manu Dibango, Moreira’s energetic contemporary rhythmic compositions have garnered applauses across all six continents.

His unique sound, technical agility and ingenuity on the alto and soprano saxophone, coupled with passionate stage performance captivates audiences universally.

Moreira’s passion and drive to promote Mozambican culture and lifestyle through jazz has seen the production of his Morejazz Series festival since 2012 and the formation of the Morejazz Big Band in 2014 become permanent fixtures on the jazz landscape of Mozambique.

On 13 February 2024, Moreira Chonguiça was appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Ambassador to Mozambique, Yann Pradeau, "for his outstanding contributions to the realm of jazz music and for utilising his talents to showcase Mozambican culture on a global scale”. 

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