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Mingas

MINGAS (MOZAMBIQUE)
Mingas lives and works in Mozambique, where she was born and where she grew up. Destined to sing, Mingas took part in a number of talent shows in her youth. Through this process she eventually became the lead singer of one of the most popular bands in Mozambique at the time, Hokolókwé. The band toured extensively throughout Mozambique under trying civil war conditions.
Mingas established herself during the challenging period of transformation in Mozambique. Her determination and love for music were the keys that pulled her through the country’s tumultuous political reality.
She was a lead singer in ‘Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Mozambique’ during tours throughout Europe in 1987-88. Solo recordings during this period included ‘Ava Sati Va Lomu’, ‘Elisa Gomara Saia’. Later she recorded ‘Nweti’ and other tracks with the group Amoya in Paris. Her recording of ‘Nweti’ was included in the Putumayo Records collection, ‘Women of the World International’. As part of the group Amoya, she was awarded the ‘Grand Prix Decouvertes 90’ at a Gala show in Guinea Conakry.
For a few years in the late 1990s, Mingas performed alongside Miriam Makeba as a backing vocalist and solo artist during Mama Africa’s international tours that spanned four continents. Professional highlights in Mingas’ career during these tours include performances at the Sidney Opera House in Australia and a performance for Pope John Paul II during his visit to Brazil.
During her career, Mingas has performed with internationally celebrated artists such as Hugh Masekela, Gilberto Gil, Mariza, Jimmy Dludlu, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and many others.
Mingas tours widely throughout Mozambique, Southern Africa and internationally, gaining a legendary status in her country. For more information visit: www.mingas.com

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