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Tunes for Mozambique Independence Day

Celebrate Mozambique Independence Day with a playlist of Mozambique music.


Thirty-eight years ago today Mozambique celebrated its first Independence Day. Check out this list of songs, tunes and rhymes by way of MZ to see how we're celebrating the occasion.

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AM ROOTs feat. Adeline Michele "Following My Heart"

Soulful house from the 1/2 Mozambican Brooklyn-based DJ/producer duo.

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Dama Do Bling "Bad Girl"

Jewels of the dancehall from Mozambique's reigning queen of hip-hop.

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Native Sun "Native Sun (The Anthem)"

MZ-born Mohammed Yahya is the London-based duo's emcee half.

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Revolution ft. RubyGold "Teka Munike"

South African with origins in Mozambique, RubyGold, offers vocals on this banger from SA house duo Revolution. The song's title is Mozambique Shangaan for "take and give him/her."

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Simba "Lovely Day"

Inspiring rhymes off the Maputo-born rapper's Jozambique

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Lizha James "Gotta Move On"

The Maputo-born vocalist is always one to bring the rhythm.

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Neyma "A Hi Dzimeni"

The first lady of Portuguese-spoken pop in Mozambique.

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The Mozambican Producers Community, James Dewitt Yancey

Dilla-inspired beats from Maputo's producer community.

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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

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Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

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