The Moreira Project | Citizen of the World, Vol. 2

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Citizen of the World, Vol. 2

by The Moreira Project

Funky, energetic, world music from Africa
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Boarding Time
5:18 $0.99
2. Umjita
4:34 $0.99
3. West South Side
4:17 $0.99
4. Beautiful Minds
4:40 $0.99
5. The Art of Love
4:00 $0.99
6. Synergy
4:23 $0.99
7. Eyes Dont Lie
4:03 $0.99
8. The Praise Poem
4:58 $0.99
9. Blue Puzzle
3:04 $0.99
10. Otupam
4:57 $0.99
11. Relaxante
4:07 $0.99
12. Now!
4:57 $0.99
13. The Geisha
3:31 $0.99
14. Sambabenta
3:18 $0.99
15. Retrospect
4:15 $0.99
16. Utopia
3:21 $0.99
17. Ashanti
5:45 $0.99
18. A Ultima Vez
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Album Notes


2 October 2008 – Internationally celebrated Jazz Saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça, proudly launches his latest album ‘The Moreira Project Volume 2 – ‘Citizen of the World’. The much anticipated album will hit South African stores late October. ‘Citizen of the World’ is a fresh and energetic African fusion of world class Jazz, recorded by local independent label ‘Morestar Entertainment’.

Moreira, a SAMA award-winning producer, leads the listener on a pensive and inspiring musical journey whilst demonstrating the vast scope of jazz in 18 finely tuned tracks, showing respect for an extensive audience with an impressive (and eclectic) compilation. The album, which derives inspiration from a multitude of musical influences, is assured to equally enthuse young and old, traditionalists and new comers.

Moreira’s own life journey has seen him travel extensively and the album reflects and pays tribute to global citizens who all have their own life lessons with stories to share. The album features some of the finest talents in the industry, all of whom have contributed and added their unique sounds to create an exceptional product. These include international jazz legend Najee, the Lion of Africa - Manu Dibango, vibrant and original hip hop artist Simba, local vocalist Jaco Maria together with South Africa’s top musicians.

States Moreira, “In my travels, I’ve connected with people, experiencing the diversity of life and tapping into the sharing of knowledge. This album is about all of us; especially those that have so much to share yet have no voice. I believe that the world is in a new era, a unique transitional phase and I want that to be highlighted in my music. People are looking inward and finding more self respect now. They are starting to realise that we are all equals and external quick fixes are short lived.”

“The essence of the album is to acknowledge every aspect of life from those that live the jet set life with sleek expensive cars to the barefoot man that walks to work in an African storm – all of us are on the very same path yet with different forms of travelling.”

The album took 8 months to complete and was mastered in Paris in early September by Philippe Brun. Personal friend and photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa has beautifully captured Moreira’s travels and glimpses of this amazing journey are found on the albums artwork.

Produced by Moreira; the album is available at all Musica, Look n Listen and top independent music stores as well as reaching a global fan base in Southern Africa, Zanzibar, the USA, UK and Europe.

Teasers from the album are available on




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Rice B. & the RadioIndy Reviewer Team

Africa-centric jazz from world-class players
Recalling the kind of brilliant & timeless jazz albums put out by imprints such as Impulse! and Atlantic in the ‘60s, The Moreira Project’s 2nd CD, “Citizen of the World, Vol. 2” is that rare hybrid of world rhythms & deep jazz grooves that keeps jazz fresh & provocative. South African saxophonist and award-winning producer, Moreira Chonguiça, leads a solid African-centric ensemble in an 18-song collection that ranges from Pharoah Sanders-like world explorations to Latin-infused gems to straight-up jazz jams. With guests like fellow sax masters, Najee and Many Dibango, vocalist Jaco Maria, & hip hop artist Simba, all adding considerable musicality to the mix, tracks like “Umjita”, “West South Side” & the ballad, “Blue Puzzle,” with their haunting melodies & indelible performances, evoke the best of jazz traditions. Other tracks, like “Sambabenta” and “Ashanti,” cast a wider net, incorporating world rhythms & tonalities in an intriguing fusion of musical inclusion. At over 70 minutes long, The Moreira Project’s “Citizen of the World, Vol. 2” CD is replete with masterful solo turns and compelling improvisations for jazz fans the world over.