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“I'm a lucky man to sit in front of music like this” Charlie Gillett
“A fantastic band” Michael Eavis
“This great band are a joy live” Howard Male, The Independent
“Massukos are... a living breathing force for good in Mozambique” Conon Murphy, Fly Global Music Culture
“Harnessing their popularity to fight poverty, Massukos make music that is not only phenomenally beautiful but also a powerful force for change” Rita Ray, Africa on Your Street
Massukos are considered national treasures in their native country, renowned both for their stunning music and the humanitarian work that they do. By day, the leader of Massukos, Feliciano dos Santos, is the director and founder of the NGO Estamos; by night he is the guitarist of one of Mozambique's most revered bands. Hailed as “the next Buena Vista Social Club”, they sold more than 80,000 copies of their debut album and their sensational new album Bumping is attracting rave reviews as “an irresistible charmer of a record ”.
Originating from Niassa in northern Mozambique, one of the poorest parts of Africa, Massukos use their high profile to speak out against the hardships that have affected their lives. Passionate about the development work they do, the band travels for miles to remote villages to deliver simple life-saving messages about hygiene, sanitation and HIV/AIDS.
The release of their remarkable new album Bumping, followed by their stellar performance at WOMAD 2007 has launched Massukos on to the world stage. With an invitation from Michael Eavis to play at Glastonbury 2008 and plans afoot for a European tour, the band's success story is set to continue.
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