Musicians, authors, artists, and humanitarians
Together, they have produced and recorded numerous albums featuring diverse musical traditions. Born in the remote village of Palonkon, Fogo, Cape Verde Islands, they have dedicated almost their entire adult lives to music and the promotion of peace and unity in Africa. They are well known for their peace-intervention work in Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe (PALOP). Their peace anthem, Angola Kuia, was the featured theme music of the 2012 Angolan presidential elections. The lyrics of the Mendes Brothers’ song Moçambique é Maningue Nice, was added to the eighth grade Portuguese manual in Mozambique. This instructional book is read by millions of students across the nation.
The Mendes Brothers
The Mendes Brothers are pioneers of several contemporary Cape Verdean musical genres, including bandera, talaia baxu, kodra, and tchoru. Exploring the sacred rhythms of the island of Fogo, the brothers have launched a new music movement, combining bandera with reggae, salsa, samba, bossa nova, and more, creating new music genres that defy cultural and musical boundaries. Treading the edge of intuition, the Mendes Brothers introduce yet a whole new genre of music: cosmic soul music. Cosmic soul music is a neurological and soul-entrainment medium—an intuitive form of music that removes the ego from the creative process and reconnects human beings with their higher soul essences.
As musicians and humanitarians, the Mendes Brothers have appeared on many national and international television networks and programs, including CNN International, CBS Virginia This Morning, and The Climate Reality Project (featuring U.S. Vice President, Al Gore).