Edson da Luz, popularly known as Azagaia, is a successful Mozambican rapper, born on May 6, 1984 in Namaacha, Maputo, the son of a Cape Verdean father and a Mozambican mother. He is known for his very controversial social intervention songs. Early career He began his musical career in the hip hop group Dynasty Bantu, … Continue reading Azagaia
Edson da Luz, popularly known as Azagaia, is a successful Mozambican rapper, born on May 6, 1984 in Namaacha, Maputo, the son of a Cape Verdean father and a Mozambican mother. He is known for his very controversial social intervention songs.
He began his musical career in the hip hop group Dynasty Bantu, with rapper and friend MC Escudo, with whom they recorded the album Siavuma. He later joined Cotonete Records and released his first solo album, Babalaze.
Babalaze’s fame came with the release of the song “Mentiras da Verdade” from the Babalaze album, a song that brings back the style of social criticism presented years ago in the song País da Marrabenta of Gpro Fam. The music was the subject of debate in various social circles and quickly put Azagaia in the spotlight.
The Babalaze album was released on November 10, 2007, becoming a record sale on its day of debut.
After the strike of February 5, 2008, Azagaia received a subpoena and had to appear before the Attorney, because of People in Power, a sound that the rapper launched talking about the strike. The rapper did not get accused. Also in the same year the rapper participated in a world music festival in Portugal, Porto city. The Mestiço Festival received Azagaia that shared the poster with Marcelo D2 a Brazilian rapper and Sam The Kid a Portuguese rapper.
On December 25, 2007 and 2008, Azagaia released the songs “Thank you Father Christmas” and “Thanks again Father Christmas”, where he gives a retrospective of the main events of the year in the country, according to his point of view.
In 2009, Azagaia released the video Combatentes da Fortuna, of the music that the rapper says to have been inspired by the crisis of Zimbabwe. Later in 2015, statements were made indicating that Azagaia would be a candidate for the assembly of the Republic by the electoral cycle of Maputo Province, competing for the MDM party, led by Daviz Simango. However, the MDM party did not compete for this circle. At the end of this year, Azagaia heads to Angola to participate in the show of Angolan rapper Kid MC, and was again next to Sam The Kid.
In 2010 he released the song Arri, which portrays a drug smuggling scandal in Mozambique, as well as other cases of tax evasion and murder. This scandal refers to the Mozambican businessman Mohamed Bashir Sulemane who was included by the U.S.A in the list of drug lords.
In the same year, Azagaia participated in two music festivals in Denmark, the Fair Trade Festival and the RAW Festival, being that the first event was a charity event with the participation of musicians from various parts of the world and the second one had to do more with electronic and urban music.
Azagaia released his second album, titled Cubaliwa (meaning “birth” in Sena which is a language from the Central and North region of Mozambique).
One of the most striking moments of the rapper happened in 2014, when he was diagnosed with brain tumor, a disease that could have taken his life of the musician if it had not been treated with urgency. After the diagnosis, Azagaia asked for help from fans, friends, family and businessmen to be able to carry out the operation in order to remove the tumor.
The operation was to be carried out in India and would cost $ 25,000. It took only 11 days to get the value to perform the operation. With all the conditions already in place, Azagaia embarked for India accompanied by her father. A few days later he was successfully operated.