An island with pure white sand beaches, brilliant turquoise seas, overwhelmingly friendly people, and a strong initiative to support its community. This might sound too good to be true, but I assure you Azura is the full package. Located on Benguerra Island off the coast of Mozambique, Azura is a luxury beach resort that offers 16 villas with private pools, Mozambican butler-hosts, fresh seafood, and an amazing list of activities and experiences.
Let’s indulge in their fabulous accommodations. Each villa blends modern chic architecture with the traditional design and nature of Mozambique to provide a private sanctuary for all of their guests. With the perfect weather, the perfect maxi dress, and the perfect drink – coconut water of course – I don’t think I would ever want to leave this paradise.
Fun Fact: Azura is not only dedicated to luxury, but also to conserving their community and environment. You should check out their story here.
I have two music treats for you this week. While sampling music from Mozambique I came across a beautiful blend of genres – due to their history with the Portuguese – from bossa nova to soukous to traditional African folk. They have been forging these styles with contemporary trends in African music and Global music. I think the way African music has been evolving lately shows that Africa does not have to give up its royal roots to keep up with globalization.
Neyma is a singer from Mozambique. Her genre style blends Marrabenta, Kizomba, and Afro-Zouk. I chose this song because I love the rhythm of the music and the imagery of the video…and the distinct sound of the African guitar.
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Lizha James is considered one of the biggest musicians in Lusophone Africa. This song mixes Pandza, Kwaito, House, and Dancehall. I love the 80s block colors and the music vibe.
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