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Kobya is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, an impassioned vocalist, a poet and a gifted performer. He is from Mozambique, a country that has been torn by civil war for 17 years, after years of Portuguese occupation.

Mozambique’s wealth and high living standard in Southern Africa have been totally destroyed; the country is reduced to poverty and crime.

This situation made Kobya drop photojournalism and pick up a guitar (his ‘weapon of mass satisfaction’), to tell stories about the joy, pride and pain of his fellow man back home.

Coming from the rich and diverse cultures of the Rhonga tribes of Maputo Mozambique, Kobya breaks barriers through his infectious dance music style. He mixes roots rhythms to create unique and memorable sounds, expressing love while celebrating life.

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