- Yolanda Chicane (Voice)
- Jimmy Gwaza (Accoustic Guitar)
- Djivass (Lead Guitar)
- Sacre (Bass)
- Figaz (Keyboard)
- Kinzinho (Drums)
Genre: Afro Rock & Afro Jazz / World Music
Hometown: Maputo // Mozambique
Together with Azarias Arone, Yolanda is a founding member of Kakana, a leading representative of a new generation of Mozambican bands after Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Orquestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique. Her unique and powerful voice has been an important factor in the growing success of the group in Mozambique, where the band has won several major awards.
In 2013 Kakana released their International debut album SERENATA. The album offers songs based in Marrabenta and other Mozambican forms fused with rhythms of the world – predominantly afrojazz, rock and jazz. The lyrics are written in various languages including Changana, Emacua, Chope, Portuguese and English.
“It has been a long journey,” says Yolanda. ” It took years for us to find our style and to emerge in Mozambique’s music scene before we could get ready for the world. We aim to show the world the beauty that Mozambique can share through music and to let people know that despite the isolation that we face in the region mostly because of the language we are now here and ready to spread our messages of hope, peace and love. This is why we are bringing Serenata to the world, believing that music is a universal language of harmony among all beings. Serenata is a reflection of women’s empowerment in Mozambique; it is a new move to explore the universe of young and courageous women talking about how lonely immigration can be for those who leave behind family in exchange of a good life (as we do in Mufolhe-track number 3). The song Suhura talks about the struggle against the rites of initiation that women are still facing in Mozambique; Xiluva (flower) expresses the harmony that encourages people to give one and another a flower of love.“ Kakana is one of the most acclaimed bands in Mozambique.