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Elisa Lisete James Humbane, better known as Lizha James, was born in Maputo, on December 12, 1982. She is a successful Mozambican singer. At the beginning of her career, her style of music included a mix of rhythms such as Marrabenta, Reggae, R&B and Hip hop.
Early life and career.
Daughter of Jaime James Humbane and Fernanda Madalena, she began singing as part of the Methodist Church, United Methodist Church. According to her father, Elisa is the name of her aunt who used to sing so well. According to her mother, Lizha was never a troublesome girl, always geared towards her studies and religion. However, at age 14 her musical taste changed completely, when Elisa incorporated the group Electro Base in the style of house music. However, her career gained momentum only when she started performing solo, releasing her first album in 2000 – “Watching You.” Two years later, she began working as a printing model for companies such as Coca Cola, Sabco; Mcel; King Pie, etc.
ALBUMS Rainha do Ragga (Queen of Ragga)In 2005, Lizha released her second album which was a big hit – Queen of Reggae – which includes hits like “4 All Ya”. In 2006, with the video clip for this song Lizha is awarded for the Best Female Video at Channel O Music Video Awards. It was indicated in six categories. Sentimentos de Mulher (Feelings of Women)This is the third album released by Lizha James and features more musical growth with mixes of Marrabenta and Reggae. The album’s most popular singles include songs like “Fights Between Families” and “Aniguiri” which feature a brilliant mix of different genres of music, thus defining genres of popular Mozambican music. In 2007, she is again awarded the Channel O Music Video Awards for Best Video in the R&B category, and Afro Music Channel Grammy for best song with the song “Nuna wa Mina” (“My husband”). In 2008 she is again awarded the Channel O Music Awards for Best Female Video Award for the song “Nita Mukuma Kwini” (“Where Are We Going?”). During this period, Lizha made several partnerships with different singers like South African artists Mandoza, Loyiso and Kabelo. In 2009, she was awarded the Best Artist in Southern Africa for the song “Estilo xakhale”. In 2010, she recorded a song with the Brazilian singer, Alcione “És Meu” meaning You are mine, for part 2 of her album Sentimentos de Mulher. For the same album, she recorded her version for the acclaimed Mozambican song “Totte,” remixing the jazz sounds with Jimmy Dludlu.
Bang Entertainment is an entertainment and etiquette company founded by her husband, Bang who promotes Mozambican music and helps organize events in the country. The label used to have many of the most famous Mozambican artists such as, Valdemiro José, Dama do Bling, Ziqo, Denny OG and Marlene. Marriage and events In 2010, Lizha James got engaged and married her long-term boyfriend and music producer – Bang. Her wedding was attended by famous African artists, such as Anselmo Ralph, Gilberto Mendes, among others. Her wedding dress was designed by the Mozambican stylist Taibo. After this, Lizha gave birth to a girl. During her pregnancy Lizha reduced her appearances, however she remained active in the music world. In 2011, Lizha released “Nandi We,” a song produced by musician, producer and composer Sslowli who talked about domestic violence, and in the same year, “Stop Trafico”, funded by the US Embassy in Mozambique which talks about children trafficking giving people awareness about this real problem in Mozambique as well as around the world. Some people, however, found the video too cumbersome.
Awards and nominations2005 – TVZINE award for best singer2006 – Best African Video – 4 All Yall (Channel O Grammy Award)2007 – Best R & B Video; – Nuna Wa Mina (Channel O Grammy Award) and Afro Music Channel Awards2008 – Best Female Video Best Video – Nita Mukuma Kwini (Channel O Grammy Award)2009 – Best Southern African Artist – Xtilo Xakhale (Channel O Grammy Award
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