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“We are original in singing and dancing” – Says Julinho, lead singer of Djaaka The band os Djaaka, which is a reference in the music scene, especially in the rescue of traditional rhythms, is going through a challenging phase, especially with the death of its main singer, Walter. However, the new vocal, Júlio Chissico or, simply, Julinho, believes in more lustrous appearances, rescuing the established themes and new proposals, credulous that his band has privileged space in the Mozambican cultural and musical panorama due to his originality in singing and dancing traditional. It was all on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, jumping puddles of stagnant water from the rain that was felt in the Palmeiras II neighborhood, in the city of Beira, when we came across the renowned musician, Júlio Sebastião Chissico, better known as Julinho, who is the vocalist of the famous band Djaaka. Invited for two fingers of conversation with the newspaper Preto & Branco, he promptly agreed. We questioned the band’s disappearance in the square, which Julinho preferred to make a historic aftermath: The Djaaka band was formed in August 2000 in Maputo, with ten elements of which nine are active in Beira and one in Maputo. In the midst of many difficulties we have been working hard although the market is conditioned, when it recovered from the economic and financial crisis, the humanitarian crisis caused by Covid-19 came. ” Still in the aftermath of the Djaaka walk, he signaled a difficult and irreparable moment: ‘It was known to all that we lost Walter [in memory] who was the main vocalist of the band since the founding of the band, a situation that posed a great challenge although we both worked at the provincial House of Culture in Beira where we practiced singing and dancing, it was a challenge for me to become the main vocalist and we lost some time to get back to normal ”, stressed our interviewee. Another obstacle that is an obstacle to the vitality of the band is the fact that “we are out of the capital, it is difficult to find support to carry out our activities, to have sponsorship to record a sigle or an album at the provincial level has not been easy, in many cases we have to cross Save to the capital to have any support, however, here and there a good-hearted businessman has supported ”, he considered. Asked if the band was part of the Mozambican Association of Musicians, he responded positively, but complained about the lack of seriousness at the level of the delegation in Beira. “Yes, we are affiliated, but we are not well integrated, I remember that when we wrote to have a membership card it was in Maputo and when we returned home, in Beira, we found out that the association’s delegation was not serious. I ask, how can an institution function inside someone’s home if there is room in the culture house to exercise this activity? ”, Asks Julinho. We asked about possible solutions to the problems that afflict the artistic class in Mozambique, to which our interlocutor explained: “The Government has always regretted the lack of money to leverage national culture, but there are many potential partners in mind that I think the government could sponsor culture makers and producers with mega projects, as they have a part of social responsibility. Between us, what would a country be without culture? Faizal António set a great example in Maputo, when he brought together all the musicians [through the Golden Generation initiative], but this luck did not fit for the other provinces ”, he lamented. Asked about the option of singing locals, namely Sena and Ndau and not in Portuguese as young musicians usually choose, the Djaaka singer replied: “This is a legacy of the older local artists (Jorge Mamade, Madala, David Mazembe and others) , when we were going to watch the shows we were asked a question, why follow Rapper? Our elders are original and when we started to visit the Casa da Cultura Provincial, most of the themes were interpreted in the local language and the dance was traditional, when we formed the band we chose to follow the same style of music and dance ”, he justified . To stress the value of originality, he told us that “in one of the performances in Denmark we were surprised by a researcher of Mozambican rhythms in local languages, from north to south, when he gave a comment about our originality and identity (songs and dances), we were impressed with this type of comment outside the home, ”he said, and then stressed that“ we are original in traditional singing and dancing ”. Invited to give some references of the band in terms of awards, he pointed out national and international records. “We have already won some awards in Mozambique and some abroad. Within the scope of Ngoma Mozambique we won the Revelation, Popular Music and Best Music of the Year award. Across borders we won the Best Band, Best Behavior award at EXPO-2008 in Spain and we also won a prize in the Netherlands, save for an error, we have already won six (6) awards, “he said. As a message to lovers of culture and the arts, in particular and to society in general, the lead singer of Djaaka leaves the following: “There is a lot of hope despite the humanitarian crisis, Covid-19. Please, follow the authorities’ recommendations to prevent this evil, alive and healthy, there will be room for nostalgia and maybe presenting new works ”.
Without “drapery” of its origin Members of the new CNE are required to be smooth The Sala da Paz calls for “independence, impartiality and responsibility” contributing to the smoothness of electoral processes “by the new members of the National Elections Commission (CNE), elected by the Assembly of the Republic last December and installed on the 15th of this month. “In the exercise of their functions, it is expected that the members of the CNE do not represent the public or private institutions, political or social organizations of origin, guiding their conduct” by “independence, impartiality and responsibility, thus contributing to the fairness of electoral processes, “Sala da Paz said in a statement. The Sala da Paz, which is a coalition of civil society for electoral observation, made this appeal on Monday (18 January) to the new members of the National Elections Commission (CNE) to be independent, pointing out that the suspicion in in relation to ballots has led to political violence. According to Sal da Paz, “it is no longer justifiable for electoral processes in Mozambique to continue to be characterized by accusations of fraud, manipulation of voter registration and results, exchange of results, falsification of public notices, disturbances at the time of voting and counting votes and poor accreditation of observers “. For these anomalous situations, even if they occur in isolation, contribute to tarnish the entire electoral process. “There are times when the weak integrity of electoral processes has led to challenges that have evolved into political-military violence, causing human and material damage”, emphasizes the Sala da Paz in its information note. Electoral experience requires credible results For the coalition, after 30 years of formal establishment of multiparty democracy and with six general, five municipal and three provincial elections already held, Mozambique has gained experience in organizing transparent electoral processes and credible results. “Regardless of their source, the CNE law protects each member, by establishing that they are immovable, so in the exercise of their functions, it is expected that they do not represent public or private institutions, political or social organizations of origin” , the statement said. The Sala da Paz defends the exemplary punishment of violators of electoral legislation, the timely availability of the necessary resources for electoral operations and the creation of security guarantees for citizens and other political actors in the exercise of their political rights. Meanwhile, the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, installed last Friday (January 15), 17 new CNE members elected by the Assembly of the Republic in December 2020. Ten of the new members were appointed by the three political parties with a seat (namely FRELIMO, RENAMO and MDM) and seven nominated by civil society organizations. Among all, gathered in its first session, was chosen the bishop of the Anglican Church of Mozambique, Carlos Matsinhe, whose candidacy for CNE was endorsed by the Christian Council of Mozambique, as president of the CNE for the five-year term, with 11 votes in favor against six of your opponent. The new CNE is responsible for overseeing the 2023 census and municipal elections and the 2024 general (presidential and provincial) census and elections. Nyusi recommendations and requests from the CNE helmsman The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, when he inaugurated the members of the CNE, recommended to the new cast to work in order to guarantee the credibility and transparency of future electoral processes, seeking to reach consensus and avoid the repetition of past mistakes, asking for impartiality in the process. performance of functions. “We also recommend constant dialogue, consensus in the management of electoral processes, communication with all parties involved in the process,” he said. Upon taking office, Matsinhe made a request: “We want to appeal, not only to the members of the Electoral Commission but also to all those who concern the culture of good participation in elections, the promotion of peaceful, free, fair and credible elections, and that all let us join our hands, our heads, and build a truly democratic Mozambique “, because, the religious leader understands that” only this way “is that” we will be able to live in peace and make our country progress.