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11 Things To Know About Heavy Metal in Mozambique

The filmmaker behind 'Terra Pesada' documentary lists eleven facts about metal in Mozambique.


The full-length documentary Terra Pesada follows the lives of the young musicians of the Maputo metal scene. Though the story of metal as a genre may be nearing half a century old, Mozambique's metal history is still in its awkward teenage years. It may be young, but metal's presence around Maputo is growing — and it's already present in cities like Angola. As internet and electricity, the number one requirement for playing metal, become more prevalent throughout the country, more young Mozambicans are being drawn to the darkside (musically speaking). The past two years have even seen the rise of a local metal music video show. Below, Terra Pesada filmmaker Leslie Bornstein runs down eleven things to know about the metal scene in Mozambique.

1) With peace came metal. Mozambican metal began in the mid-90s in the zones (suburbs) of Maputo and Beira.

2) Metal is city music. Without electricity, there's no metal.

3) Most of the bands have English names because the musicians associate rock and metal with the U.S.

4) In addition to Portuguese and English several of the bands do metal in Xangana.

5) The first metal band in Mozambique to record a demo was the Beira-based Morghelarisy in 2002.

6) Metal spread through Facebook.

7) The most popular genre is death metal.

8) Most of the boys are I.T. majors.

9) The first official metal concert was Metal Zone in 2005.

10) TV show Mosh Pit, which features metal videos from Moza-based as well as international bands, began its run on local TV station TIM on July 20, 2012.

11) The Mozambique Music Awards do not have a category for rock or metal.

For more on the 'Terra Pesada' film project head here.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

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Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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