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The New Queen of Mozambique Hip Hop? – Dama Do Bling


Posted by Stuart Buchanan

After I had been given a nudge and told to check Dama Do Bling*, it become painfully obvious that there was little, if any, English language information about this emerging Mozambique hip hop artist. Although her own web site offers a Portuguese and English option, the latter simply reads ‘Under Construction’. And thus we are left to scavenge some brief and incomplete blog sources, as well as making the best possible use of Babel Fish, to find out more.

We do know that Dama Do Bling (aka Ivannea Jose) was born in 1979 in Maputo in Mozambique. Her alter-ego emerged from her early teenage performances where she pulled off imitations of R&B and hip hop stars from across the Atlantic, such as Da Brat and Queen Latifah.

In 2005, the Dama was given her first shot in the recording studio, participating in two tracks on an album by Lizha James. Her 2006 debut single ‘Haterz’ was followed by a self-titled album, featuring collaborations with local arists such as Catya, Denny OG, DRP, Hernani and a return favour from Liza James. Last year, this was followed with the sophomore release, ‘Chamadas Para A Bling’ (once again featuring Lizha and Denny OG, along with Doppas, Yara Da Silva, Valdemiro Jose and Azagaia).

With her hard hip hop production and an undeniable sense of style, it’s not suprising that Ivannea has been a regular on South Africa’s video channel ‘Channel O’ and last October picked up awards for ‘Best Female’ and ‘Best African Southern’ (for ‘Danca Do Remexe’).

I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Dama Do Bling makes her presence felt on a broader geographical scale, until then a selection of tracks from both full lengths are available to rack into your Pod at

MP3: DAMA DO BLING Dama Do Bling


VIDEO: DAMA DO BLING Boy (feat Lizha James)

* Thanks to Dan from The Cartel for the heads-up. Befriend him via his ‘micebass‘ for regular info on his various Sydney Dancehall, Crunk and Hip Hop remixes – ’straight out of Newtown’! Brrrp!

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