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Ian Landsberg / Independent Media / Moreira Chonguica and Manu Dibango have lived a rich life - not necessarily in wealth but in the stories that they can tell through their music.
Jazz is not declining, according to saxophonist Moreira Chonguica.
Moreira Chonguica and Manu Dibango have lived a rich life – not necessarily in wealth but in the stories that they can tell.
They do this through their music that has a unique blend of Cameroon and Mozambique flavours.
“Music doesn’t have any frontier,” said Chonguica after expressing willingness to join other countries and work there.
Dibango backed this notion and added that there is no such thing as boundaries in music. After speaking in French, his translator said “boundaries are for men, not for music.”
Chonguica briefly spoke about a childhood story leading up to the two biggest decisions he has made in his life.
According to him, the first was studying music. Despite words of discouragement and the ‘Jazz only sells 10 percent’ line, he pursued his passion.
The second biggest decision was going solo. “Then I realised there was no way back.”
He then explained that he made fear his best friend and that made him go further and even more determined to make it.
Dibango ends off by saying they aim to integrate American Jazz with African Jazz and introduce the world to a new jazz.
Source: Independent Online
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