Casimiro is a professional African dancer, choreographer, dance instructor and musician based in Winnipeg Canada. Born in Mozambique, Africa, he has been a dance professional since 1982. Starting his career as dancer, Casimiro then became the Principal Dancer, and then the Artistic Director of the Mozambique National Song and Dance Company.
Casimiro is the Artistic Director and Founder of NAfro Dance Productions in Winnipeg, Canada. Although Casimiro is an African contemporary artist, his artistic inspirations are from African traditional culture & traditions where dance & music come from the same pot.
As a musician, Casimiro is leader of the Kalahari drumming group, and the NAfro Band as well being a member of Bafana drumming group, the Million Civilian Band and Afri-Can Band. He has composed music that has been played on Radio Mozambique and CBC Radio. He was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada to compose music for the animated short “Mind Me Good Now”.
Casimiro was nominated twice for the Western Canadian Music awards - for his first album “Makonde", and for his second album "Gweka". In 2011, Casimiro had the opportunity to perform for the opening of the 2011 African Games, Maputo Mozambique. Throughout his career Casimiro has performed in 28 countries. In Winnipeg he has performed at numerous festivals including the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Friday Series.
Casimiro Nhussi's band is an African percussion-based group with a guitar and horn section and a band leader — that not only brings it all together — but is charming and entertaining. The band began playing to accompany the NAfro Dance Company productions but soon branched out to play its own gigs around Winnipeg. Their style is AfroBeat and AfroJazz with straight-ahead rhythms.
They play their own original songs and a smattering of songs they just can’t resist covering. They play what moves them and they’re sure it will get you moving too! Fall into their trance and simply relax and be entertained.
The NAfro Band is:
Casimiro Nhussi - vocals, percussion
Cam Mclean - guitar
Ewingi B. Kiki - vocals, guitar
Binasio Wani - vocals, bass guitar, percussion
Tim Church - dunduns, percussion
Jay Stoller - percussion
Kelly Leveille - drum kit
Nick Kolisnyk - trumpet, percussion
Dave Brown - saxophones, flute
Roger Cloutier - saxophones