Democrito
Manyissa 

Songwriter, Composer and Performer

About

 

Democrito Adolfo da Natividade Manyissa is his real name.  Was born in 1973. He is the son of Manuel Adolf Elias and Naidy Maria da Natividade. His stage name is D’Manyissa. He is a singer/songwriter from Mozambique, with Honours and Masters in Library and Information studies achieved I Brazil (1998) and 2015 (South Africa). Writes songs in many genres, like R&B, Soul, Gospel, Pop, Rock, Brazilian, Jazz, Instrumental, Mozambican, African, African Jazz, Tropical, World music, Choral in English and Portuguese languages. Sometimes in Ronga, a local language from Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.

Started writing songs in 1992. It is his passion. Writes whenever the inspiration comes. The method is intuitive knowledge, logic and self taught. He thinks it is a result of listening to a lot of music, with no limit of genre. Started listening to music in the early ages, through a wide range of vinyl his late father had left when he was 2 years old, like Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Nat King Cole, Mahalia Jackson, Brook Benton, Otis Redding to name a few, including African and Mozambican music. He remembers loved listening “Rainy night in Georgia” by Brook Benton.  As time went by he discovered other singers like Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Mary J Blige, Sarah Vaughan, Cassandra Wilson, Jodeci, BabyFace, karyn White, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Regina Belle, Kelly Price, Rachelle Ferrell, Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin amongst others.

“My mother and uncles say that my late father had talent to write songs and to sing as well”.

From 1994 to 1998 he went to Brazil for studies in Library and Information Science, where he qualified in Honours in Library and Information Sciences. While studying there had the chance to listen to more diverse music.

Went back to Mozambique in 1998. So in 2000 started singing. But previously had singing classes with Prof. Isabel Mabote. At the same time was singing being accompanied by the great musician Ivan Mazuze.  “Whenever he had time we met. He was playing the piano, and I was singing my own songs. He complimented my songwriting skills, so it encouraged me to write more and more”. Had music classes at the Music School of Radio Mozambique, where he learnt theory, solfejo and piano.

After some time and participating in Jamm sessions, integrated the Group Jazz Maputo, as one of the vocalists, singing jazz standards for the likes of Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Natalie Cole.

Has worked mostly with guitar players such as Albino Mbie, Angelico Manhique, Ivo Machel and the pianist Raimundo Mauele in Maputo, recording demos of some songs. In South Africa, Cape Town had the chance to work with Bokani Dyer and Allou April in recording demos of his songs.

After some time he recorded some songs that are being  played in local radios in Mozambique. Songs like “I’ll remain in your life” , “A tiko dza hombe” and “Nossa uniao”. He wrote songs to other  singers like Ancha Martins “Te quero muito”. With this song Ancha participated in a music contest organized by Radio Mozambique, and she won the award for “Best Vocal Female Performance”. “O rouxinol” is another song of his performed by Ancha Martins and Raimundo Mauele.  XIXEL Langa recorded his song with the title “U buya hi kwini”. She participated with this song in a song contest organized by Radio Mozambique and won the award of “Best female newcomer”.  Acucena Matola recorded the song “Compromisso real”. Other singers are about to record more songs of his.

Internationally a very talented Brazilian singer with Degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston recorded his song “Conta comigo”, which was included on her first album, released in 2014. With this song D’Manyissa was a finalist and nominated in the UK Songwriting Contest 2015 in two categories: Jazz/Blues and Open category.

In March graduated in Masters in Library and Information Studies, at the University of the Western Cape , in the Department of Library and Information Sciences.

Still in 2015, his song “I want you” was nominated in the Pop and Urban and Hip Hop categories in the “Worldwide Music Contest 2015”, and received an honorable mention in the category of Urban and HipHop.

His song  “Forca Interior” recorded by Orlando Venhereque on flute, was nominated for Best African Jazz Song in the Mozambique Music Awards 2015 (MMA).  In 2016 the song  ‘Forca Interior’ was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest and also received an Honorable Mention in the SongDoor Songwriting Contest in 2016

Currently is working on his debut album, which will comprise 70% of instrumental songs, and 30 % of songs performed by his vocals. Guest performers are Allou April (guitar), Julio Sigauque(guitar), Celso Paco (traditional instruments), Orlando Venhereque (flute), Ivan Mazuze (Alto and soprano saxofones), Lwanda Gogwane (Trumpet), Galina Juritz (violin) amongst others.

 

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