Neyma: Singing for Light and Green living
Born in Maputo on the sixth day of May 1979, Neyma is a multifaceted international entertainer hailing from Mozambique. She is an actress on a local mini-series and has released six albums to date. She performed on Big Brother Africa in 2007 and was nominated for best female artist and best R&B singer for Channel O’s Austral Africa Music Awards. Neyma has recorded tracks with the likes Rui Veleso, Titos Paris, Johnny Ramos and Brazil’s Alexandre Pires. Her music transcends Mozambique’s borders as since 2001 she has performed in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Portugal, Angola, Reunion Islands and China. Neyma is very keen on using her opportunities to help the less fortunate and plans to dedicate the next few years of her career to campaigning against drugs, alcohol and HIV in her homeland by educating children and women. In 1999, the singer’s first album ”Brigas” produced by Júlio Silva was released. However it’s with Marrabenta that the artist stands out, giving a more modern concept to this Mozambican music style. Along with Angolan producer Yeyé, the singer records the album “Baila” in 2000 and “Renascer” the following year. With this she consolidates her own rhythm that becomes the business card of her own brand. In 2002, with the song Nunawamina, Neyma wins the female Top Chart of popular music of Mozambique. Thanks to the artist’s hard work, she achieved success with her fourth album “Arromba” recorded in 2004. Over 40.000 copies were sold, and got her a platinum record. Six months ago at the end of December 2011 was joined by Stewart Sukuma and guests for the launch of her new music video called 'Sofrimento' at the UNICEF office on Avenida do Zimbabwe. The song - a track from the CD 'Idiomas' - is in part a duet between Neyma and Stewart. It is a tribute to all children around the world and an appeal to adults to raise children in a culture of peace.
"I hope that one day in the future the very idea of war will be a thing of the past, and that children will never have to experience war and suffer times of conflict, post-conflict and poverty," commented Neyma on the message of the song. "For me, this song and this video is about calling attention to the effects of war and poverty on the world's children."Below is her official music video “A hi dzimeni”. Rough translations of a few lines of her beautiful song are:
Tiendeni a lume / We have light
Vem que o verde/ da esperanca mos aguarda/ Come to the green / We wait in hope