The Calgary Folk Music Festival says this about Wazimbo: “It’s the most extraordinary of singers who can summon up a world in a single note. Billie Holiday’s smoky voice could do it, instantly evoking the demimonde of small clubs and speakeasies where 1930s jazz thrived. And Humberto Carlos Benfica – Wazimbo – does the same for the poignantly contradictory panorama of beauty and tragedy, poverty and potential that is his native Mozambique. To hear the first soaring notes of his signature ballad and most famous song ‘Nwahulwana’ is to be transported, to understand saudade or longing, and understand why they call him the Golden Voice of Mozambique.”
Daniel Brown/ MONDOMIX says this: Deodato Siquir took his time before offering his followers a glimpse of his talents as a composer and arranger. And the rich texture of Siquir’s voice is just one of many qualities he reveals in Balanco album that underlines the maturity of this migrant from Mozambique. In Balanco just how much he has picked up in the last six years in Sweden. There is an undeniable smoothness with which he allies Mozambique’s marrabenta, muganda and muthimba rhythms with sophisticated jazz licks.
It makes for easy and pleasant listening and, while the arrangements might not astound listeners with their originality, they are bound to impress thanks to the musicians’ tight interplay and the album’s excellent recording quality.
Trinity started singing at the age of nine in church in his home village of Bobonong. When he moved to Gaborone for university, he developed his talent as a gospel singer. After five years in the gospel music industry, Trinity began his career in jazz. He worked with several jazz icons in Botswana before releasing his debut album, Theohang, in 2011.