Berklee Summer in the CityAlbino Mbie
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Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Taken by the sounds of neighborhood street musicians just over a decade ago, he began to pursue the guitar at the age of 16. With the resourcefulness and determination that characterize Mozambicans, he built his first guitar from a five-liter can of oil, scrap wood for a neck, and cords strung over an electric cord.
Mbie currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is a student at Berklee. He was also selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, which is directed by Danilo Pérez.
His compositions and performances incorporate his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique Afro-jazz sound.
Albino Mbie's original composition "Mozambique Dance" was recorded by Jazz Revelation Records (a student-run record label at Berklee) for its eighth-annual album released in 2011. He has performed in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, the U.S., and Mexico, produced, and recorded various project in Mozambique and in the United States.