Afric Simone

Afric Simone

Afric Simone (Maputo, 17 July 1956) is a singer, musician and entertainer originating from Mozambique. He entered in European charts with his first hit "Ramaya" in 1975, which was followed by other well known song "Hafanana" (1975). He was very popular during 1975 - 1980 on both sides of iron curtain. Touring around USSR, DDR, Czechoslovakia in eastern bloc, it's been rumoured he had several inexplicit connections with secret services of these countries.

Biography

He grew up in Mozambique on the East coast of Africa, in the capital city Lourenco Marques, now Maputo. Once, when he appeared on stage in Maputo, manager asked him to come to London.

With first steps in show business in London he has gathered invaluable experience for appearances in other European capitals. He gathered experience in doing gigs all over Europe. He was lucky that Eddie Barclay, the French record tycoon went to see a show in Paris. They immediately signed the contract.

Afric Simone speaks German, English, Portuguese, French and various African languages, however his songs are written in the mixture of Swahili and few words from other languages. This idea resulted in a mixture of his own native tongue and European Happy Sound.

Recently he is settled in France, appeared in TV shows in France, Italy and Germany.

Discography

Singles

* 1975 - Ramaya/Piranha (Barclay, BRCNP 40066)
* 1976 - Hafanana/Sahara (Barclay, BRCNP 40072)
* 1977 - Maria Madalena/Aloha (Barclay)
* 1978 - Playa blanca/Marabu (Barclay)
* 1980 - China girl/Salomé (Barclay)

Albums

* 1976 - Ramaya (Barclay, 70024)
* 1977 - Afric Simone (Barclay)
* 1978 - Afric Simone 2 (Barclay)

CD

* 1989 - Best of Afric Simone (re-edition 2002 with bonus tracks)

External links

* [http://www.lyonpartners.nl/afric_simone.html Biography]


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