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Neco Novellas


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Anselmo Joao Johanhane (Neco) born and raised in Maputo-Mozambique as part of a musical family where father Joao Jotamo Johanhane would sing, play guitar and electric organ and their mother Gertrudes Sofia Vilanculos would sing in the traditional ceremonies and in the choir of the local Catholic Church. Neco and his brothers and sisters got in touch with traditional music and dance from their very early age as well as with broadcasts of folk, jazz, pop and world music through the National Radio in their country.

Later on they got in touch not only with music from other African tribes but also with western music as a result of their music activities in and for the Catholic Church, where they learned and played during the ceremonies.

All the influences lead to a style the brothers describe as ”NOVELLAS MUSIC FOR THE WORLD” where rhythms, melodies and harmonies you hear are related to jazz, classical, authentic music and multi styled compositions. Add to this Neco’s deep ranged silky voice and you get a musical style that rises above the description of world music.

Neco explains: “Universal music sounds better to describe our music. It appeals to the heart and can be understood by the heart in any language. My lyrics are mostly stories about experiences connected to daily life, nature, rituals, family and friends.” The languages Neco Novellas sings in is a mix of local Mozambican Idiomatic languages, South African languages and Portuguese as well as English. “Sharing stories through music is what I aim to do. I want to share my experiences with the audience and make them part of it.”


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  • Pandora-B

    This is such a great band. I love these happy tunes with a melancholic twist. This band is one of a kind in my opinion.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply

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