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Positivo Inharrime “Tsuketan”


Positivo & UNICEF “Eu nao tenho medo de fazer o teste”, Inhambane & Maxixe 2012


Escola Emilia Dausse, “Vida Saudavel”, 2012


Rap Riots in Inhambane


Dear Positivos,
We are writing to tell the world about a musical revolution which began in Inhambane on 7th April 2009, at Cine teatro Tofo. 12 new young rappers took to the stage for the first time to express themselves in the first FSD ( French Social Development)  funded event at the cinema here in the city. The day was Mozambican Women’s day and for the first time in years the cinema came alive with crowds of people to witness this unique Hip-Hop battle.


2 girls and 10 boys competed in various rounds from a-capella to rapping with the Positivo band over live instruments.

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Music from Chimoio 1


Oi, pessoal; during our 2 weeks stay with AFRICARE in Chimoio we produced some pretty tunes, that you can download….

  • Queremos viver“, which was recorded in the Escola Secundaria 7 de Abril, a wicked kwassa kwassa style with powerful message. The children sing about their future and the obstacles to achieve their dreams. Sex abuse, violation and infection with HIV were some of the reasons, given by the participants.
  • Respeite teu corpo” was recorded in the Escola Primaria Panga Panga in Gondola, 15 km from Chimoio. It was our first attempt to work with Primary School children discussing HIV messages. The participants explain the ways in which you can become infected with HIV and the ways that you cannot get infected; as we know there is a lot of misinformation: many Mozambicans think that just touching an HIV infected person would infect them as well, or using the same towel or clothes. Also mosquitos are considered as potential HIV carriers of HIV infection. This song attempts to dispell the misinformation.




Music from Chimoio 2


There are 3 more songs which Positivo has recorded with the local artists: one with Lolo, talking about sex too early, another one with Nito (viraka), talking about the importance of the HIV test and last but not least with Ginho.



Falar de sexo sem complexo


Darren asked me if I could do a kind of Funk style for the song in Helen`s school. He searched his discography to put on some tracks of Gil Scott Heron which we enjoyed a lot. Brian Jackson`s flute gave us the rest.

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POSITIVO Workshop in Secondary School Eduardo Mondlane in Inhambane


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Positivo live in the Secondary School Eduardo Mondlane in Inhambane


Hello Positivos,

The band played a happy concert on last wednesday, the 4th of june, in Secondary School Eduardo Mondlane in Inhambane.

Up to 200 pupils danced and sang along from 3 pm until night with Helio, Roland, Pierre and Joao for the first part of a Workshop Program sponsored by our partner

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Song Story “Eu nao tenho medo”

First conceived by Roland in March 2007, the original beat was brought to Mangunde a few days later to start POSITIVO’s pilot workshop. In the morning, participants wrote lyrics by studying collected answers to the question ‘Why are you afraid to pass the test ?’. A group of singers directed by Helio created the main melody, then the choir. After free rapping on the beats, lyrics were recorded in the afternoon. The choir was eventually recorded at sunset with 800 pupils.

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Pilot Workshop Magunde


Music styles of Homoine and Maxixe

Music arrangements were recorded and mixed by Roland Pickl and Helio D in Inhambane before and after the workshops. The song ‘Vamos-la’ is a hip-hop song. ‘Uma noite de prazer’ belongs to mozambican style Tsucuta, a mix of traditional Marrabente and Panza with RnB. The students themselves asked for this style of music.

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Maxixe return visit

On the 29th of september 2007, all of the Positivo team went back to Maxixe’s ‘Escola Secundaria 29 de setembro’. There was a big party for the school’s birthday. We officially launched the song ‘Uma noite de prazer’ in a classroom with all workshop participants. During the afternoon, students improvised dance shows and capoeira demonstrations. At the end of the day, Helio D and the 40 pupils forming Positivo group from Maxixe’s ‘Escola 29 de setembro’ presented the song through play-back performance to school officials, teachers and all students.

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Workshop in Maxixe

Positivo team arrived at 8 am in Maxixe’s ‘Escola Secundaria 29 de Setembro’. We set up the studio in a classroom and welcomed 40 participants for the workshop, mainly boys. Two teachers attended the first part of the workshop. After a few interviews and a short presentation of the project, HIV-AIDS participative education started. As in Homoine, our method simply consisted in analysing together collected answers to the question ‘Why do we not use condoms?’

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Workshop in Homoine


Positivo team arrived at 8 am in Homoine’s ‘Escola Secundaria 25 de Setembro’. We set up the studio in a classroom and welcomed 24 participants to the workshop, girls and boys being present in equal numbers (see the list of participants attached). After a short presentation of pupils and project, HIV-AIDS participative education started. Our method simply consisted in analysing, with the pupils, the collected answers to the question ‘Why do we not use condoms?’.

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Concert and activist performance in Homoine

On Friday the 14th of September 2007, around 1.30 pm, Positivo team arrived in Homoine, met local authorities and set up the stage in the main square of the city. Homoine’s General Administrator warmly welcomed us :‘HIV-AIDS is a big problem in Homoine, the biggest obstacle being miscommunication between adults and children. I hope you will come and help us many times. Music can break taboos. Positivo should record a song in Shit’swa (local dialect) to make it understandable by everybody. If the message is right and the music makes people dance, anything can happen.’

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First visit in Maxixe

Before organising the workshop, we visited Maxixe’s ‘Escola Secundaria 29 de Setembro’ several times. On their last visit, Helio D and Roland Pickl were introduced to the pedagogical director, and presented the workshop to students in a classroom.

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First visit in Homoine

Roland Pickl and Darren Clark went to Homoine for the first time in august 2007. Ian Hefele from the USA Peace Corps introduced them to local authorities (Administration, Police, EDM, Community Radio Homoine, Hospital, school officials). Everybody showed interest and offered support to our project. The Performance was agreed to happen on the 14th of september in the main square of the city. EDM would provide electricity.

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