Luís Severo / Selma Uamusse

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Luís Severo with his band

Being one of the sturdiest songwriters in the country, Luís Severo has been building his path calmly, on a day to day basis, without the temptation of quick success, and always focused on writing a repertory that can last for posterity. Years have passed since his early recordings as Cão da Morte, then came the self-titled album in 2017 and now last year brought us his third album, “O Sol Voltou”, completely unannounced.

Bringing fresh knowledge into his words, with his very particular writing, he welcomed electronic in the acoustic heart of his songs in this new release “O Sol Voltou”, generating a limbo full of harmony where the title (in English: The Sun Came Back) keeps on echoing and reminding us of its aestival melancholy. He is a young man with a firm voice, his composition is sweet and prodigious. Severo will be playing with the new formation of his band, the usual accomplices Diogo Rodrigues and Bernardo Álvares, and the most recent member Catarina Branco. This is the opportunity to hear them live for the first time.

 

Selma Uamusse

Selma Uamusse is a Mozambican singer who has been living in Portugal for a long time and has a vast musical experience having participated in projects as distinct as WrayGunn, Cacique 97. Rodrigo Leão, Souldivers, Selma Uamusse Nu Jazz Ensemble, but has also collaborated with a vast network of artists beyond music, in the fields of cinema, theatre and visual arts. As a solo artist, she has released the album “Mati” in 2018, where she explored the organic encounter she had with her roots in Mozambique, which was very clear in her lyrics, in the rhythms and in the use of traditional musical instruments, or even in the influence of electronic, one of the many realms that have interested her throughout years of listening and singing.

With her very own and particular identity, recognizing her past and wondering about the future, with her new release just around the corner “Liwoningo” – meaning “light” in chope, a native Mozambican language – produced by Guilherme Kastrup – who also produces Elza Soares’ music. Selma Uamusse will be officially presenting this work, full of honest and pan-global music, in the Open-air Amphitheatre for the first time.


Luís Severo Having released only two LPs – the independent and very well received “Cara d’Anjo” (2015, Gente Records) and the renowned “Luís Severo” (2017, Cuca Monga/Sony Music) – Luís Severo is already one of the most consensual singer-songwriters of his generation. Since the release of his self-titled album, in the spring of 2017, he played solo all across the country and then, in 2018, in the main festivals of the country with a band.

In May 2009, he released “O Sol Voltou” with no previous warning, again by Cuca Monga in a partnership with Sony Music. The third album brought the shock caused by the confluence of his acoustic compositions with electronic and is full of quarrelling lyrics and creative contrasts, making him step into unknown territory without ever losing the element for which he distinguishes himself.

After a year spent presenting the album “O Sol Voltou” solo, in a bold fashion, he reunites his band – Diogo Rodrigues, Bernardo Álvares and Catarina Branco (replacing Manuel Palha) – giving his music a texture that brings them closer to the impeccable essence of the studio recordings.

Selma Uamusse Selma Uamusse is a Mozambican singer born in 1981 who has been living in Portugal since 1988. She sings professionally since she was a teenager and has had a truly diverse path in music. Her versatility, her powerful voice and her genius performance skills have led her to shine from rock (WrayGunn) to afrobeat (Cacique’97), from gospel (Gospel Collective Sisters) to soul and jazz (Rodrigo Lão, tributes to Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba). She enriched her path with all these different languages and has always been aware of the power of music for social and political transformation.

She studied at Hot Clube de Portugal and started the projects Souldivers, Selma Uamusse Nu Jazz Ensemble and Tribute to Nina Simone, where she collaborated with Ana Bacalhau, Rita Redshoes, Márcia, The Legendary Tigerman, Luísa Sobral, Elisa Rodrigues, Gospel Collective, among others. She also took part in shows of several other artists like Samuel Úria, Medeiros/Lucas, You Can’t Win Charlie Brown, Joana Barra Vaz, Moullinex, Orquestra Todos, among others. In the last year, she also committed her body and voice to theatre projects (“Ruínas” directed by António Pires and “Passa-Porte” directed by André Amálio), cinema (Cabaret Maxime” by Bruno Almeida and “Fogo” by Pedro Costa) and the visual arts (in an installation by Angela Ferreira).

In her solo work, Selma Uamusse explores the roots of her country of birth, using Mozambican rhythms and writing lyrics in native languages. She also makes use of traditional musical instruments like timbila and mbira and combines them with electronic and other references that mirror her varied influences.

Her debut album “Mati”, meaning “water” in Changana (one of the three most spoken languages in Mozambique), released in 2018 by Ao Sul do Mundo and distributed by Sony Music, was widely praised by national critics and was presented in many prestigious national and international stages, in a tour of more than 60 concerts that includes, for instance, Rock in Rio (Portugal), Vodafone Mexefest (Portugal), FMM Sines (Portugal), Festival MED (Portugal), MiMO Amarante (Portugal), MaMA Paris (France), MMM Maputo (Mozambique), MIL Lisboa (Portugal), SIM São Paulo (Brazil), Festival Back2black Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Siesta Festival Gdansk (Poland), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporânea Santiago de Compostela (Spain), NY SummerStage at Central Park (EUA), Festival Crespo no Circo Voador (Brazil), Festival Atlantico in Philharmonie (Luxembourg) and the Akropolis Palace in Prague (Czech Republic).

In her first record, Selma has a musical encounter with Mozambique, but there is also a spiritual encounter with the African continent. It was produced by the precious hand of Jori Collignon (from Skip & Die) and can be listened to while considering two simultaneous trips: one that is geographical, a visit to Mozambique, where the singer quenches her thirst for new sounds and shares her identity; and another that is made within, following a spiritual map that can only be discovered as we let the music get to us. Selma’s long-awaited first record is capable of inducing a certain kind of hypnosis that gets us stuck in between the past and the future, as if it had something ancestral to it, but, at the same time, creates, in its unravelling, a music for which no name is possible. Or maybe this means that that name is simply Selma Uamusse.

In 2020, Selma Uamusse will be releasing her second album, “Liwoningo”, which means “light” in Chopi, another native language of Mozambique). It will be produced by Guilherme Kastrup, an awarded producer known for his work in albums like “A Mulher do Fim do Mundo” and “Deus é mulher” by the renowned Elza Soares. This record will be another evidence of her immaterial African heritage, specially from Mozambique, an infinite source of inspiration for lyrics and melodies that can also take Selma elsewhere in the world in terms of  songs, tempting her to get closer to genres like traditional folklore, electronic, rock, afro-beat, experimental, but also popular Brazilian and Portuguese music. “Liwoningo” also has the magnificent collaborations of the Brazilian band Bixiga 70, the Mozambican artists Chenny Wa Gune, Milton Guli and Lenna Bahule, and of the Korista Mbye Ebrima da Gâmbia.


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