Ras Vino Materula discovered reggae through his fathers’ record collection including artists like Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse, Sly and Robbie. The lyrics reflected aspects of the situation in Mozambique of widespread poverty and injustice. As a result he became increasingly conscious of the deeper roots and causes of the impoverishment and abuse of Mother Afrika. He began learning and jamming guitar and voice with international Mozambican musicians such as Mila Mabote, Sammy Lee, Aristides Manhique, Zoko and Texito Langa. Reggae music bacame a life mission. Ras Vino’s intention is to remind people about Jah works, their purpose in life, to promote Afrikan Unity and Afrikan consciousness. This is reflected in the name A-xikunda which means “mystic worriors or gifted worriors”.
A-xikunda has made a name for itself within the Reggae scene in Mozambique performing regularly in Maputo from 1997-2005 and in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town since 2005 including Moshito conference in 2008 alongside acts from Zimbabwe and Malawi. “A-xikunda’s time” recorded at swette shop in Cape Town by Shafiek Kimme, is A-xikunda’s debut album set for release in early 2010, with original songs written and composed by A-xikunda. Mixed and Mastered by Texito Langa.
Ras Vino Materula-lead and backing vocals
Texito Langa-Drums and percussions
Raymond “ricky” Bushula- Keys
Roland Nair-riddim and lead guitar
Lwanda and Steve- trumpet
Mussah-Mbira on “Afrikan Woman”
Marius Harper-Executive producer
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