Monoswezi is a multinational collective of musicians originally from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe. Monoswezi was formed thanks to a cultural exchange program between Africa and Norway in 2008. Hallvard Godal lived in Mozambique and met Calu Tsemane. Soon after, Tsemane and Zimbabwean Hope Masike connected with Godal back in Norway and began making music together.
Monoswezi’s musicians share a passion for traditional African music in general, and specially music from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The music includes traditional and original compositions rooted in traditional African music, jazz and western influences.
Band members include Hope Masike on vocals, mbira, percussion; Calu Tsemane on vocals, percussion; Hallvard Godal on saxophone, clarinet, harmonium; Putte Johander on bass; and Erik Nylander on drums and percussion