Mozambique has a serious shortage of stages for young people to artistically express the abundance of cultural wealth they possess.
Music Crossroads Mozambique (MCMOZ) has risen to fill that gap and in the process, has become one of the most important Mozambican youth festivals. MCMOZ is the only music festival that covers the entire country, offering workshops and other forms of music education to young people across the nation. It is not surprising that nearly all well-known and talented young artists in Mozambique over the last ten years have passed through the doors of MCMOZ.
Music Crossroads was introduced into Mozambique in 1996. Starting with a single festival in the city of Maputo, it has grown to include numerous festivals all over Mozambique from south to north, with representatives stationed in each region. Since 2007, Music Crossroads Mozambique has become a member-based association recognized by the Mozambican Ministry of Justice; its founding members largely consisting of former participants of the festivals, and with a current membership made up of young Mozambican musicians and music lovers from across the entire country. MCMOZ’s main goal is to stimulate and educate youth in the field of music and to create arenas for youth to express themselves through the performing arts.
Music Crossroads Mozambique has a history of successful overseas tours with many bands and young artists having had the chance to perform across Europe, including Banda Azul, Nfithe, Nyasha, Djaaka, Mussodji, just to mention a few.