When I first moved to Maputo in early 2006, I noticed that much of the city's nightlife was dominated by electronic music, specifically house. I've never really been into this style of music, and admittedly found it a bit annoying in the beginning. All I really wanted when I moved here was to find a club that played salsa and merengue, or at least some type of latin-inspired music that I could dance to...
After several months here, I warmed to Mozambique's unique Afro-Latino style of music and started really enjoying artists like Lizha James, Dama do Bling, Zico, MC Roger, etc. Although it's not the most intellectual music ever produced, it's wonderful for dancing and certainly captures the feel of this country.
More surprising than my enjoyment of Afro-Latino music (it's really just a step off from the salsa and merengue I was craving, mixed with some hip-hop and a slightly different beat) is the fact that I've now become a lover of house music! It sort of crept up on me, until one day last month when I found myself downloading songs in the electronic section of iTunes and copying my friend Heleno's extensive collection of house music.
I don't think it's necessarily about the music, though I do definitely like the style and agree that it's some of the best stuff around to guarantee an upbeat night out. No, I think it has to do much more with the memories associated with the songs. I now have many fond memories of Maputo. This city definitely feels like home in many ways (though in others, I still feel like the supreme fish out of water), and each good night out dancing or spent driving around in the company of friends, it just reinforces the connection between good times in Maputo and the unique soundtrack of this place.
Proof positive that I am in a Maputo-inspired music appreciation phase is the soundtrack I've chosen for my first few days driving around in the silver CRV: all house music. I am especially obsessed with the song "Bleeding Heart" by David Vendetta feat. Rachel Starr. Definitely my Maputo memories song of the moment.