The celebrated Mozambican singer Messias Maricoa is known for his Kizomba influenced music style and bold fashion sense that won him Best African Artist at the Afrika Awards and at the African Entertainment Awards in 2018. The MTV Listener’s Choice Award nominee for 2016 has consistently dominated the music scene in his country with notable hits such as: “Desculpa, Xilique”, “Dor de Cotovelo”, “Nhanhado”, “Madola” and “Vao me der yar”. He makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa 2019 paired alongside Zimbabwean artist Winky D.
Messias’ successful music releases have rooted his career in the Mozambican music scene over the years. He has since gone on to build a steady brand in Europe, especially in Portugal. In 2015, he got signed on to new management, World Music Management, spearheaded by Ricardo Ferreira. The signing courted Messias’ success on several fronts and as a result earned him multiple awards, including gongs for Album of The Year, Music Prize of The Year and Premio Artist of the Year at the Love Friday Portugal Awards in 2016. He was nominated for Best African Artist at Kora Music Awards (2016) and Best Music - Kizomba Music Awards in 2016 and 2017.
With relatable melodies and easy lyrics creating memorable ties to his fans, Messias has seamlessly transcended geographical boundaries since his debut onto the music scene in 2012. As his songs gain recognition in regions previously untapped like East Africa, it continues being appreciated by Portuguese speaking music fans across the globe.
Messias Maricoa was born in Mozambique in the northern province of Nampula. He was fortunate enough to be raised by a family with a passion for music. With increasing support from some close family members, Messias began taking music more seriously at the age of 15, when he stepped into a studio for the first time. Messias’ music journey and growth can be traced back to his debut track ‘’Imane” released in 2012, and subsequent releases "Nhanhado","Madola" and "Sou teu" which were all very well received.