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Höröyá

Brazilian Mandeng Jazz

Höröyá is a word of Mandeng origin, a West African culture, which means "freedom", "autonomy", "dignity" and was the term used during the anti-colonialist struggle in Guinea, to affirm their paths and ideals.

Formed in the city of São Paulo, composed of thirteen members, including Brazilians and Senegalese, Höröyá is influenced by traditional cultures from West African countries, such as Guinea, Mali and Senegal; various Afro-Brazilian branches, such as samba and traditional Candomblé rhythms; afrobeat from Nigeria and Ghana and Afro-North American musicality, such as funk and jazz.

With a unique artistic proposal, combining traditional and modern, the music appeals to a wide audience ranging from Pop to Funk/Jazz, to the traditional rhythms of African and Afro-Brazilian culture.

“Gri Gri Ba  (2022) is the fourth album by the Höröyá. The name is in Malinke, a central language in Mandeng culture, which means: “The great spell”, “The great sorcerer”, “The great strength”. The album was recorded over a period of 13 months, during the pandemic.

On the album Pan Bras’Afree’ke – Vol.2 (2019), the group had the honour of welcoming the “King of Djembe” Famoudou Konaté, and guest appearances by Jaques Morelenbaum, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Davi Yanomami, Gabi Guedes, Zal Sissokho, and more. That same year, the single “Todo Lugar é Sertão” (2019) was recorded, with Chico Cesár and the Clarianas.

With the co-production of maestro Cheick Tidiane Seck, who worked with Fela Kuti, Mory Kanté, Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour, among others, the album

Pan Bras'Afree'Ke - Vol.1 (2017) features tracks recorded and produced between São Paulo, Bamako (Mali) and Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso).

The group debuted with the eponymous album  “Höröyá” (2016), with striking songs such as “Mansa Fela” in honour of the great Fela Kuti.

The group recorded the official song of the BBC Channel Premier League championship in England, a version of “Hand Clapping Song” by The Meters.

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