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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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Whoisakin Channels His Love For Anime In the New Video For ‘Magic’

The single, featuring Olayinka Ehi, comes off his latest EP Full Moon Weekends.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Whoisakin is sharing a new music video to accompany his hit summer release, "Magic".

His roots certainly show true as his Lagos inspired trap soul/R&B sounds fill us up with feelings of summer and a love made from dreams.

High off of a recent feature in Rolling Stone, Whoisakin's latest music video comes off of his debut EP Full Moon Weekends, his first release as a part of Mr Eazi's #emPawa30 project.

With all of the successes and accomplishments that have come along with it, the original story behind the song isn't as sweet, "Magic was actually inspired by a summer 2019 fling I had with some girl", the 22-year-old singer says, "Even though I thought the relationship had potential at the early stages, she never felt the same way and it was just 'vibes' for her. I mean the moments were beautiful but they never lasted. I made the record a few weeks after we were over. She got upset at me and that was it."

He went on to speak about his first release into the music industry as, "a full story about me and my relationships in 2019, basically. I was doing an internship with some construction company at the time so I had a whole lot of time to live life (especially the nightlife), experience new things. So, I felt like an animated series for the whole tape would be the best way to share the story better. Plus, I'm a big anime fan."


Check out Whoisakin's music video for "Magic" here.


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