Remna

“REMNA's music sets a new beat for Guinean music”

Nuno Pacheco in the newspaper “Público”, May 2019

“(...) Zona Zero, a beautiful and soulful collection of acoustic songs that resonate with the same broad musical vision of Africa ... "

In Songlines, July 2019

 “My backbone is Africa, my flesh is everything else. I imagine music as paintings, and I use it to paint political concerns, social problems, and love in every colour I know, even when every convention prevents me from doing so. We are not here to fight against power, but as Amílcar Cabral taught us, we are here to be the driving force behind the change we wish to be in the world. My new album "Zona Zero" is the result of this mission: I respect my roots, but I also open up new horizons as an artist.” Remna Schwarz

Winner of the “Revelation Prize” at the French music festival "Printemps de Bourges" in 2005, REMNA, son of Guinean poet José Carlos Schwarz, has finally released his second original album, "Zona Zero" - the first to be released in Portugal. One of the big names in this new generation of African artists, he performed at South by Southwest festival last year, straying even further from his roots in Guinea Bissau and Senegal, with a touch of Cape Verde.

 “LAMZO” is REMNA’s new single, featuring Karyna Gomes (Guinea-Bissau), which tells the story of Remna's friend Lamzo who was arrested in France when he wanted to return to Senegal to attend his mother’s funeral, for not having the right paperwork. His friends made enough money to pay for a lawyer and get him out of prison.

 About "Zona Zero"

My new album has fifteen tracks, each of which was composed using a creative process, through which I tried to bring together artists and musicians from the new Lusophone music scene. The photo shoot, which was orchestrated by Pauliana Valente Pimentel, was held in Cova da Moura, a suburb (I don't like the word ghetto) in Lisbon, where many dreams of people from PALOP (Portuguese-speaking African) countries have come to life, far away from their own war-torn homes. One of the most beautiful features of the Lusophone community is also in Cova Moura, projects like “O Moinho” (The Mill) where children - daughters and granddaughters - of Cape Verdeans, Senegalese and Guineans, are lovingly taught the unique strength of building a strong community that is united by its roots, and which invests in education. It is in these projects that we can also nurture the germination of new creole seeds. By choosing this location for the photo shoot I also hoped to reflect the cultural mission I set out on and tried to explore in this new work.

 All About Remna

REMNA, a true nomad of diverse soundscapes, has come to be seen as a true African treasure by his peers. Born in Senegal, Remna Schwarz has lived in countries like Congo, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Cape Verde, France, Cuba and even the USA. Remna performed at the "South By Southwest Festival" in Texas last year, the largest festival on the American continent, going on to receive glowing reviews such as one from Wobean Music, which dubbed his music "Great Pan-African Music".

In 2005, REMNA won the "Revelation Prize" at the French music festival "Printemps de Bourges”, and has since opened for acts such as Youssou N'Dour, Ayo and Lokua Kanza.

 In 2018, REMNA moved from Cape Verde to Portugal and edited his second album of originals “Zona Zero”, for which the launch party was held at 11pm on the 3rd May at the legendary Bleza Club in Lisbon.

 “LAMZO” is REMNA’s new single, featuring Karyna Gomes (Guinea-Bissau), which tells the story of Remna's friend Lamzo who was arrested in France when he wanted to return to Senegal to attend his mother’s funeral, for not having the right paperwork. His friends made enough money to pay for a lawyer and get him out of prison.

 Useful links

 Official Website: http://www.remnaschwarz.com/

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/remnaschwarz/

 

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