Selma Uamusse

Selma Uamusse

Born in Mozambique in 1981, she moved to Portugal in 1988. She began singing professionally when she was a teenager, and studied at the Hot Clube of Portugal, a national reference for the training of jazz musicians.

She created the proprietary projects Souldivers, Selma Uamusse Nu Jazz Ensemble and Tribute to Nina Simone, where she collaborated with Ana Bacalhau, Rita Redshoes, Marcia, The Legendary Tigerman, Luisa Sobral, Elisa Rodrigues, and Gospel Collective, among others.

Her debut album, "Mati", which means “water” in Changana (one of the three most spoken languages in Mozambique), published in 2018 by Ao Sul do Mundo and distributed by Sony Music, was widely praised by national critics. For this album, Uamusse toured prestigious national and international stages with more than 60 concerts, including Rock in Rio (Portugal), Vodafone Mexefest (Portugal), FMM Sines (Portugal), Festival MED (Portugal), MiMO Amarante (Portugal), MaMA Paris (France), MMM Maputo (Mozambique), MIL Lisbon (Portugal), SIM São Paulo (Brazil), Back2black Festival Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Siesta Festival Gdansk (Poland), Galician Art Center Contemporary Santiago de Compostela (Spain), NY SummerStage in Central Park (USA), Festival Crespo at Circo Voador (Brazil), Atlantic Festival in Philharmonie (Luxembourg) and Akropolis Palace in Prague (Czech Republic). She released her second album, "Liwoningo" which means light in Chope, a traditional language of Mozambique), in 2020. It was produced by Guilherme Kastrup, who won Grammies for his production of the albums “A Mulher do Fim do Mundo” and “Deus é mulher."mIn her own name, Selma Uamusse explores the roots of her country of origin, using Mozambican rhythms and lyrics in native languages, using traditional instruments such as timbila and mbira, combining everything with electronics and other references that mirror her diverse influences.

Selma did the Comporta Weather Station Residency #4 and composed one of its reports, Ntlava /Terra.

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