Mazgani is a singer-songwriter from Lisbon whose first album, “Song of the new heart” was released in 2007 to critical acclaim. His strong charismatic stage presence and delivery immediately established him as one of the most respected and sought after performers in his home territory.
In June 2009, the EP “Tell the People” was released and let Mazgani’s first international approach, “Ladies and Gentlemen introducing… Mazgani”, which featured all five EP tracks alongside five tracks from his debut album. It was released in the Benelux, Finland, Scandinavia, Canada and Australia.
“Song of Distance” (2010) climbed into the top 20 charts in Portugal. Mazgani toured extensively in several European territories, playing festivals in the Netherlands, Italy and France, as well as shows in Spain, Denmark and Sweden. These live performances were documented by Rui Pedro Tendinha in his road movie “The Road to Mazgani”. The documentary premiere was at the IndieLisboa 2012 Film Festival.
In that same year, the songwriter composed and directed the original musical score for a theatre adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mr. Puntila and His Man Matti”, one of the most successful productions in Portugal in many years, winner of several awards including the “SIC Golden Globe Award” (Globo de Ouro SIC).
“Common Ground”, his third album, was released in April 2013 and climbed directly to Number 2 in the iTunes Portugal Top 10. “Distant Gardens”, the first single, is in the playlist of the most important Portuguese radio stations.
Recorded and produced in Bristol by John Parish and Mick Harvey the album was immediately considered an “instant classic” (Blitz Magazine, June 2013) and helped broaden his audience.
“Lifeboat” is his new record, out Abril 13th and includes reinterpretations of songs by Pj Harvey, Elvis Presley, Cole Porter, Bee Gees, Lee Hazelwood, amongst others.