We'd like to introduce you to Mozambican artist Luisa, commonly known as Liloca, a nickname given to her at a young age by her father. Liloca's love for music started with a passion for dancing. She attended dance school at a very early age, where she was exposed to different musical genres. After having heard so many songs, she developed the interest for singing with the hope of possibly dancing to her own songs.
She still remembers her first song, “Como ela dance” (how she dances), produced by the Mozambican producer “N-star.” Since the release of her first song, she has been nominated for many awards, including the “Ngoma" music award.
When asked who were her greatest musical inspirations, she mentioned that she is highly inspired by both international and national artists. One inspiration is Brazilian singer Alcove, who sings a calmer genre of music compared to hers. In the future, she hopes to collaborate with great entertainers such as Beyonce, who she highly relates to as an artist.
As a popular artist, her music has given her the opportunity to also perform abroad. From the many international performances, performing in Seychelles was her biggest highlight. The bright colours, welcoming people and instant happiness from the nation had her fall in love with the country from the moment she landed.
Ten years from now, she hopes to be an artist that is not only recognized in Mozambique but also in the whole of Africa. Her advice to those starting their careers now, she advises them to have faith, as well as dedication and patience. If they are persistent, they will achieve what they are working for.
Check out one of her rhythmic hits, Phander: