(...) Zona Zero, a beautiful and soulful collection of acoustic songs that resonate with the same broad musical vision of Africa.."
in Songlines August/September 2019
“The new generation of Bissau-Guinean Music and politics”
in Songlines October 2019
"The new album by REMNA is the heartbeat of the new music from Guiné-Bissau"
in Publico by Nuno Pacheco May 2019
My spine is Africa, the flesh is everything else. I imagine music like paintings, and picture political preoccupations, social problems, and love solutions with every color that I know, even when all my surroundings mirror me shadows and grey areas. Love is the only answer in dark times. We are not here to fight the power, but to find our own power with kindness and patience, just like Amilcar Cabral taught us. We are here to stay and plant a better future, because future is just now and our children deserve a better world than the one we received as a heritage. My new album “Zona Zero”, is the result of this mission, to respect my routes, but opening new horizons, even as an artist” Remna Schwarz.
For "Zona Zero" REMNA was photographed, by Pauliana Valente Pimentel, one of the most important visual artists in Portugal, at Cova da Moura, a banlieu of Lisboa, where dreams are supposed to go to die but, with a love and education, new seeds are raising up from Portugal´s ex-colonies. A "ZONA ZERO" ("GROUND ZERO") in the heart of the most ethnical capital of southern Europe. It´s from this sense of mission, of building new bridges for peace, that led REMNA and his family in moving from Cape Verd to Portugal, just one year ago, and now releasing his new album, being already acclaimed by critics and audiences.
The new single is called, “LAMZO”, the name of a friend of Remna´s, who was detained in France because of his illegal status, when he tried to go to his mother funeral in Senegal. His friends, raised enough money to pay a lawyer and get him out of prison. A peaceful soundscape that opens the horizons for a future with no passports.
Listen here to “LAMZO” ft Karyna Gomes https://youtu.be/AYRrAwPFE9Y
All About Remna
REMNA is an African treasure. Born in Senegal Remna Schwarz has lived in countries like Congo, Mali, Senegal, Guiné, Cabo Verde França, Cuba or even the EUA, Remna performed last year at South By Southwest Festival in Texas, receiving great reviews with the likes of Wobean Music naming his music of “Great Pan African Music”.
In 2005 REMNA won the “Revelation Prize” of the french festival, "Le Printemps de Bourges", and has since opened for live acts such as Youssou n Dour, Ayo or Lokua Kanza.