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For over a decade, Kina Zore has brought jubilation to hundreds of dance floors across North America with award-winning songwriting and virtuosic instrumental performances. Kina Zoré is Mozambican native Helder Tsinine's vehicle for preserving the beautiful and endangered cultures of Mozambique. After Mozambique's independence from the colonial Portuguese in 1975, a 15-year civil war afflicted the country with violence, illness, and poverty. Fortunate to live in the city away from war, Helder's family housed refugees from all over the country who shared different cultures, languages, and music. Many of Tsinine's song lyrics depict critical social issues - war, HIV/AIDS, famine and more - that continue to affect Mozambicans and many others all over the world.

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