“Roberto Chitsondzo” is a teacher, musician, composer and performer. Full name Roberto Maximiano Chitsonzo was born on 9 August 1961, in João Belo (current Xai -Xai), Gaza Province. In the intimate family, on feast days, had the privilege to listen to Gramophone and the sound of an accordion played by his grandfather, Madrumane. Also had the privilege to hear Mr. Andre who played a guitar made of olive oil tin and fishing strings. His family identity, the songs heard on the radio, his participation in the choir of the Catholic Church and the figure of Zeburane (Eusébio João Tamele), who used to cross the street near his home with his guitar on his way to his work, made even in adolescence, the musical roots of Roberto Chitsonzo. Still in his homeland, in his youthfulness, he was part of some bands like The Good Show, Stop e Tchaka and had the privilege to play in some nightclubs. As a pilgrim seeking a place of self-realization, arrives in Maputo, after passing through different provinces of Mozambique. In Maputo, in 1977 as a chorister, under the invitation of Alexandre Mazuze, he participated in various shows in huge music houses Years later, he recorded his first compositions.
In 1980, his music was selected to open radio programs that intended to bring awareness about the population census. This allowed him to record a song at Rádio Moçambique accompanied by a band. In 1984, accompanied by Pedro Langa and his group he recorded the song "Xizambiza" (Jornal Notícias Attendance Award). It is through the hand of Pedro Langa joined Ghorwane band. And it is by his hand-filled, musically, that it’s because of His musical skills that Ghorwane enters the Rádio Moçambique studios to record their first songs. With Ghorwane he gets musical maturity and reaches its apogee with the recording of Majurugenta (1993), Kudumba (1997) and Vana Va Ndota (2005) albums. With its musicality Ghorwane becomes an azimuth of Mozambican Music in the World Music scene. An interim look, with Ghorwane in 1994, he records Não É Preciso Empurrar which aimed to appeal to the Mozambican citizens to exercise their citizenship rights: "the right to elect and be elected. With the album "Mozambique Relief in 2000, Ghorwane calls for solidarity that should exist in the Mozambican people in times of natural and human uproars that disrupt the growth of Mozambique. Without parting ways with Ghorwane, he starts a career in his own name as a way to investigate and experiment other musical aesthetic, he makes harmonic combinations where the Religious Music merges with Traditional and Pop Music.
As example of this practice he performed in shows with some members of Majescoral (Maputo Jazz & Spiritual Choir) and the choir of the Wesleyan Church. From the book Urgias dos Loucos by Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa, he wrote the music 'Wachukuvala', a soundtrack for the film A Solidão do Senhor Matias, by the director of the José Passo. Among several films, stands out A Herança da Viúva, from the filmmaker Sol de Carvalho. During that individual Search he shares the stage in Maputo, with Maria João & Mário Laginha. He also participates in the Zeca Afonso Festival at the University City of Coimbra. He assumes to be musically inspired by Ray Lema, who already had the opportunity to open one of his concerts in Lisbon. Currently, with a career of over thirty years, he believes to be stepping up to a new musicality. Having over his career, participated in various festivals on five continents and have shared a huge musical experience, he establishes himself in a sound more rooted in the glow of Mozambican identity aesthetics. The song Vana Va Ndota, summarizes his entire musical message, because it is the model of story you want for the growth of humanity and Mozambican identity.
It is in this perspective that he is today in the studio recording, his first solo album of originals which is in its production and anthology stage and will be edited this year (2014). This will confirm his artistic conviction characterized by confirming musical legacy that is specific to an individual who believes in music to educate the man.
At the moment, Roberto Chitsonzo is preparing his first solo album entitled “kwiri la mamani” literally “a mother’s womb”. This represents the identity of Mozambican music by elucidating the traditional rhythms.
Roberto Chitsondzo’s tracks