Festival Director, Azgo Festival
Maputo, Mozambique [born 1980]
Paulo Chibanga is the director of Khuzula the producer of Azgo Festival, Mozambique’s finest international arts festival; bringing together a diverse and quality program of music, film, and dance to the city of Maputo. Azgo is a contemporary celebration of arts and culture, with a strong focus on artists from Mozambique and from around the continent of Africa.
Khuzula additionally has developed further profiles with events such as Sean Paul live in Maputo, Joss Stone, Salif Keita etc
Through Modigi a new division of Khuzula the in business of music distribution through a deal signed with the Orchard the industry’s leading independent distributor and label services company, Modigi reaches digital and physical retailers worldwide. With the support of the orchard comprised of digital natives specialized in marketing, advertising, sync licensing, video monetization, performance rights services and more, Modigi empowers artists and labels to connect with fans across the globe
In the Producer’s chair Chibanga is a creative and dynamic producer giving a platform and a voice to music and the arts in Mozambique, the region and beyond. After co-producing classics like the 340ml and Tumi and the volume Albums, produced for acts like Levi pon the mic’s full length album, The Brother moves on ETA EP, he nurtured South African urban folk artist Bongeziwe Mabandla, whose debut album was nominated for two South African Music Awards and has taken his music around the globe with shows in France, Spain, Germany, USA, Korea, Japan and Australia. 2017 sees the release of “KWIRI” a book and album all in one through Khuzula the first solo album of Mozambique’s Roberto Chitsondzo from the Ghorwane fame.
Through the Azgo festival cooperation and exchanges with IGODA a Southern African Circuit of which he is pioneer, Chibanga is bringing the music of such artists as Banda Kakana, Roberto Chitsondzo and Muzila, Deltino Guerreiro, Ras Haitrim, Stewart Sukuma, Granmah, Ghorwane and many more to new audiences in Mozambique, throughout the continent and around the globe.
Recently Chibanga as founded jointly with Kinani and Festival da Mafalala OTHAMA an arts, culture and tourism platform in Mozambique