Medical $ for Legendary Bissau-Guinean Musician Miguelinho

Medical $ for Legendary Bissau-Guinean Musician Miguelinho

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Medical funds to help legendary Bissau-Guinean guitarist/saxophonist Miguelinho N'Simba - from Cobiana Djazz and Super Mama Djombo - get treatment for severe health issues. Angariação de Fundos médicos para ajudar o l...

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Today Guinea Bissau's national ‘horn sound’ is mostly defined by one figure:  Miguel Cesario Hoffer, or “Miguelinho N’Simba.”   Miguelinho was saxophonist and rhythm guitarist in Super Mama Djombo, and when that band dispersed, he dedicated himself exclusively to developing a patently Bissau-Guinean saxophone style.  He did this by joining a folkloric group called mandjuandadi, a traditional gathering of women of roughly the same age to sing folkloric songs, clap, and play the water drum and sikó. In the percussion interludes where women traditionally would the circle and dance, Miguelinho solos on the saxophone.

Miguelinho began pioneering the national music of Guinea-Bissau at a young age.  After forming a band in 1972 called “Ritmos Guineus” the young Miguel was noticed by the band of reference of his day: Cobiana Djazz.  Miguel was recruited as a rhythm guitarist and played alongside the foundational figures of modern Bissau music: José Carlos Schwarz and Aliu Bari.  Miguel later joined Super Mama Djombo, the leading national band after independence, and emerged as a guitarist, vocalist, composer, arranger and saxophonist.  In 1996 he formed “Gumbezarte” with Maio Coope, composing and arranging the horn section of the release “Camba Mar” with brass players from Portugal and Holand. In 2007 Miguelinho rejoined Super Mama Djombo in production and recording of their latest album “Ar Puro.”   

He remains the sole reference for a patently Guinea-Bissau ‘horn sound.”

After decades of dedication to developing Guinea Bissau's musical sounds and scene, Miguelinho currently unable to play the music he helped create. He is severely ill and unable to get the medical treatment he needs in Bissau.

Many of us have known too many amazing people who fell victim to insufficient healthcare infrastructure, and Miguelinho has brought so much joy to people through his music.

Funds would go to all medical-related costs, including treatment but also transportation, food, etc. Due to his condition he is unable to play music - his primary source of income. 

Have a listen to some his music, then help out a man who makes such beautiful tunes.

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