Xinganje & Kaviula, are two names with roots in ancestral Angolan culture. They are the physical representation of the duality of the spirit in nature. They come into action when celebrating transformation or the passage of something or someone to a new stage of life. In Miguel Gullander's novel "Through the Rain", Xinganje & Kaviula are two children who dance and play as if "shaking death from its limbs".
Ana Maria Pinto (lyric singer) and Zé Beato (world music) give life to an unexpected duo, formed in Namibia in May 2015, fusing two musicians with completely different cultural roots, classical and African. The duo performed for the first time in Portugal in October 2015 at Rivoli, Teatro Municipal do Porto with original songs that reveal the most natural vocality and strength of both timbres. This was followed by performances at the Ateneu Comercial do Porto, at the Conservatório de Música de Lisboa and at the Classic meets Africa shows on various stages in the north of the country.
His songs are directly rooted in improvisation, in the instant and in the sharing of what is beyond all divergences: the essential. The result is simplicity, earth and water in their pure expression, without artificial resources, two voices and a guitar in homage to kindness and the beating of the ancestral heart.
Zé Beato was born in Huambo, a city located in the central Angolan plateau and grew up between Benguela and Lobito. He started singing at the age of 13 and at 17 he learned his first guitar chords and since then he has always lived with music.
With a ten-year career, he has played on the most diverse stages and contexts in Angola, Namibia and Portugal. In 2009, together with Wilker Flores and Sónia Ferreira, he founded the Huambo Rock Festival, currently ORLEI, starting a cultural movement that today influences people from all over Angola.
In 2014 and 2015 he was a musician invited by the Camões Institute in Namibia to perform at the Portuguese Language festivities. He was solo at ORLEI in 2011, in Huambo and in subsequent editions accompanied by his band "Os Desemployeds", with the musicians "Gavião, Costinha, O Toque é Esse, Bona Ska and Rattu Imortal, and at the Avalanche Rock/Metal festivals, Rock no Rio Catumbela 1st and 2nd edition, Rockultura Festival. In 2014 he independently released his first album of originals, an acoustic album entitled, CRU. In 2015 he was in the main hall of the Lisbon conservatory, live with Ana Maria Pinto, João Luís and Joana Peres at Le Foyer, presenting the project "Meet Xinganje & Kaviula", which had its first performance at Café Concerto do Rivoli, and in November and December at Ateneu Comercial do Porto and Casa Bo.
He is co-founder of the Classic Meets Africa Festival, which through interculturality unites Classical music with the spirit and African rhythms and dances. This project includes great artists such as Ana Maria Pinto, Allatantou Dance Company, Joana Peres, Miguel Gullander, Eliseu Silva and many others.
Two new and original albums are being prepared for this year: Meet Xinganje & Kaviula, to be recorded in Portugal with Soprano Ana Maria Pinto, this album brings a selection of songs from a universe in which world music and kilapanga come together to classical music. The album features percussionist João Luís; and "Músicas para Lòmundò", an album that will come with the same independent spirit as CRU, with new songs written and composed by himself.