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KAPA DÊCH - biography
Full and generous voices, fusion beats, fluid melodies and ardent vitality… We could continue the list, mentioning the opulent, meticulous arrangements and the skilful architecture of writing that harmoniously blends jazz and Mozambican beats, Jamaican and South-African influences, funk, rock and other musical styles. Then, of course, there are the lyrics, words rich in meaning and sung in the local languages of their country:
Before they formed Kapa Dêch, these artists were scattered around the country playing simple, undemanding music. But each of them already had their mind on greater things: a more adult music, one that would be "more worthy of Mozambicans" as they said at the time. "A fusion music, but one that will really represent the culture of the people and the nation" Gradually, this idea gained ground. In April 1996, consigning their frustrations to the waves, they came together to share their musical dreams and a new chapter began. One for all and all for one: Kapa Dêch was born. The project was officially launched on the 14th July 1996 at a concert that left the audience reeling at the Maputo French Cultural Centre. It was the first step towards their dream of "recording in
Backed by a solid foundation of beats rooted in tradition, the group have again woven a flamboyant and deeply modern patchwork. The music is there to entertain, while the words are mainly intended to increase the awareness of listeners. They stir consciences as they speak of war, education, identity and poverty, confronting these issues head on, and particularly deplore the sleaze that plagues their country. A journalist investigating corruption in Mozambique was murdered a few months ago, but speaking of the affair, they promise that this will not silence them, laughing heartily as they add: "if they want to kill us, they'll need plenty of bullets, we're a big group".
“Katchume” - CD Lusafrica 262602