1. PATRON OF THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC IN MAPUTO

Having studied at this school since a young boy, Moreira has always had a soft spot for the school. When he returned to Maputo after graduating from the University of Cape Town, he started spending time with the school as a place to practice and overtime began to understand the challenges the school faces. When his debut album, The Moreira Project Vol 1 - The Journey was launched, he donated a sum to the school from the proceeds of the launch concerts. Using his celebrity status and contacts, he brought attention to the school by bringing visiting artists such as saxophonist Najee to visit in 2006. A few years later he brought a group of friends from Cape Town to see the school and they donated some funds to assist with the painting of the building. It was around this time that the school asked him to be their Patron. in 2009, money was donated for instrument accessories and musical instruments. This year is the school's 30th anniversary. Moreira is involved with the commemorative activities. He finds performing opportunities for the school's singers and instrumentalists as often as he can, such as at the opening of the All African Games in 2012 as well as the Opening ceremonies of FACIM in 2012 and 2013. The music school children have also performed at a number of his concerts. Often he pops into the school not to practice or watch the children play but to talk to the children about life. He sees his role not only as an instrumentalist but as a mentor.

An outreach programme initiated by Moreira using the National School of Music as a platform is to introduce Music to the school curriculum in the schools in and around Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric plant. The plan was to identify children singing to be part of a choir performing a musical instrument to be part of an accompanying band. Professor Isabel Mabote, the director of the National Music School regularly visits the Cahora Bassa school to monitor progress. The next stage is to introduce Music at school that would serve as a basis for exchange and sharing of experiences between educational institutions such as the National School of Music, The School of Communication and Arts at Eduardo Mondlane University and the Institute of Arts and Culture. Plans are also in the pipeline to create a band or orchestra.

2. JOSINA MACHEL SECONDARY SCHOOL

Again this is a school that Moreira attended. Josina Machel is the largest secondary school in Mozambique with 6000 students. In 2012, Moreira was asked to be the Patron of the Matric students as they approached their final dance. Part of his role is again to use his contacts with brands that support him to invest in the school and improve the school conditions. He is also an advisor to the school on cultural activities. Every year just prior to the dance, a trip is made to Maputo Central Hospital to visit the patients in the Oncology ward. Moreira is accompanied by the final year students and teachers. it is a sobering but liberating experience to watch the young people interact with the cancer patients.

He has again been asked to fulfil this role again in 2013.

3. INSTITUTE FOR EXPORT PROMOTION

In order to expose the world to Mozambican culture, Moreira partnered with IPEX, the institute of Export Promotion. The partnership is to design and execute culture and recreational events to be held in the grounds of FACIM in Marracuene a 45 minute drive outside of Maputo. Here Moreira organises the music on the final weekend of the trade fair as a means of exposing the people who attend FACIM to world class entertainment. The concerts are included in the price of the ticket to enter the trade fair. DJ's, Mozambican artists, bands and some international acts have graced the stage at FACIM. It is one of Moreira's greatest desires to bring top class jazz music to those who cannot afford to attend the higher priced jazz events. International acts who have performed include Cameroonian saxophonist, Manu Dibango and trumpeter Hugh Masekela. The plan for the future is to have events throughout the year at FACIM which are affordable to the general public in the area and outside of Maputo.

4. MUSICAL PROGRAMME in the PRISONS

In 2012 Moreira was asked to initiate a programme with the Ministry of Justice to introduce and monitor music in the detention centres as occupational therapy. Moreira visited the Maputo Central Prison where he evaluated the existing cultural programme and actives with the inmates. The introduction of Music in the detention centres is intended to install in the prisoners hope and the chance of reintegration into society after serving their sentences. Since the construction of the new detention centre, Moreira has been closely monitoring the process using his knowledge as an ethnomusicologist to equip the music rooms with musical instruments and monitor the cultural programme.

5. MILITARY MUSICAL PROGRAMME

in 2013, Moreira was asked by the Minister of Defence to evaluate the Military band and their instruments. This programme is at an early stage as the evaluation process and the assessment of instruments has only just taken place. The plan is to try and equip the Military band with more modern instruments and to enhance their musical programme with a larger repertoire.

6. SENSASONS

In a joint project with John Hopkins University and USAIDS, Moreira has been involved with this for the past 18 months. Firstly a competition was held in and around the greater Maputo province for high school pupils to write poetry and prose about a positive aspect of HIV/AIDS. There were many entries but only 10 winners. Those 10 winners all received laptops from Vodacom as well as a library of 20 books each from BCI. Then Moreira collected up the winning entries, round up a group of young musicians and together they wrote some lyrics and composed music to go with the lyrics. They were taken to the studio and this was recorded. A concert was also held to showcase all the winners and their pieces in musical format. The CD is due out soon.






National school of music


Josina Machel


Export Promotion


Prisons


Military Musical programme


Sensasons