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fRoots Bumping Review, November 2007
...pretty damn irresistible music
fRoots FEATURE, November 2007
Massukos, the exuberantly catchy force for good and uplifting musical torch-bearer for one of the poorest parts of Africa. ... Welcome to the new, pragmatic face of African activism. With guitars.
Songlines, September 2007 (nominated Top of the World album)
their first album, 2001’s Kuimba Kwa Massuko, sold 80,000 copies. But even this hardly prepares you for the sheer joy of Bumping, their first international release.
The Financial Times, August 2007
The summer of 2005 started gloriously for the members of Massukos. They were championed by Charlie Gillett on BBC Radio London. They performed in venues from the Ritzy in Brixton to the British Museum. They played in front of 100,000 people at an Edinburgh rally for Make Poverty History. They met Gordon Brown and Bob Geldof. They delivered a petition to Downing Street.
Independent, Sunday 5 August, 2007 (outstanding)
Bright sun-drenched music with enough edge to keep your mind as well as your feet engaged (outstanding)
****The Guardian, Friday 6 July, 2007
a glorious band from Mozambique... infectious and charming ****
Fly Global Music Culture, Thursday 5 July 2007
inspirational musical optimism... this album has the power to bring sunshine and hope wherever it is played
WOMAD, July 2007
Lithe, shimmering grooves made for a WOMAD Saturday afternoon... Bumping is an irresistible charmer of a record, one that can leave no limb unmoved. And don't just take our word for it. this nation's musical taste-makers have been queuing up to lavish praise upon the seven-piece, among them Andy Kershaw, Charlie Gillett and the recently anointed Michael Eavis CBE.
BBC Africa on Your Street, July 2007
For feel-good music with a message you don't need to look any further than Massukos from Mozambique.
HMV CHOICE, June 2007
As the nation slowly rebuilds its once thriving music scene is returning to life and Massukos are the most prominent example of how exciting this vibrant country can be.
WaterAid, Massukos at the Make Poverty History rally, May 2007
Massukos, one of Mozambique's biggest bands will be playing at MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY rally. Massukos are using music to help bring an end to poverty in their home province of Niassa in Mozambique
NME, Michael Eavis blog, November 2006
Well, what a weekend - We saw the band Massukos I was talking about, they were fantastic - a bit like The Bhundu Boys, we figured we'd have them on at the festival next year.
WaterAid, Singing for Sanitation, 2006
the Mozambican band Massukos are all passionate about development.
Africa on Your Street, July 2005
Harnessing their popularity to fight poverty, Massukos make music that is not only phenomenally beautiful but also a powerful force for change” Rita Ray
WaterAid, Cannes Prize for Massukos, 2005
The Mozambican band Massukos was awarded the International Prize for Water, Creation and Arts at the Cannes Water Symposium on 25 June 2005.
The Independent, Appeal: The Elton John of Mozambique believes in the power of water, December 2004
His legions of fans call him Mozambique's Elton John. But while the British pop idol uses his clout in the global entertainment industry to raise funds for his Aids foundation, Feliciano dos Santos is campaigning in his native land for the basic necessities of life.
Charlie Gillet, BBC Radio London
I'm a lucky man to sit in front of music like this (when Massukos performed live on his show in July 2005)
It's an excellent album. A big Radio 3 YES to Massukos of Mozambique
DJ Ritu, BBC Radio London
Massukos are famed for their stunning music and the humanitarian work they do
Click to hear Massukos' acoustic set and interview with DJ Ritu, BBC Radio London 94.9
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