Isabel Novella at Atlantic Music Expo


Isabel Novella’ and her record label Native Rhythms Records were delighted that she selected to showcase her music in a country that produced the late internationally acclaimed Cesaria Evora and Sara Tavares, one of the new generation of artists emerging from the Cape Verde Islands, off the Portuguese coast.

The Showcase
The showcase program offered daycases in the daytime venue Palacio da Cultura and night open-air showcases in the pedestrian area of Praia’s center called Plateau. Local and International traditional, classical, modern, popular or electronic bands and DJs showcased their craft to international audiences and delegates, which include record companies, festival promoters, booking agents, artist managers, music publishers, publicists and media.

Isabel was backed by a 3-Piece band from Cabo Verde comprising Drums/Percussions, Bass and Piano.

See link below to the media coverage of Isabel Novella’s performance in Cape Verde

Isabel Novella Releases Self-Titled SA Debut

“First and foremost I want to reach and touch as many people I can with my music and message. I’ve been fortunate enough to see much of the world, and can’t wait to see the rest & share my music & visions” – Isabel Novella


Isabel Novella was signed by Sipho Sithole of Native Rhythms Productions almost a year to the day, and since then has released a 4-track EP (May 2012) containing the single ‘Moya’ which is currently enjoying airplay on Metro fm, and was in the Top 10 most played tracks on RDP Africa for several weeks upon release.

After a good 2012 performance circuit season where Isabel Novella (Mozambique) featured prominently at the Road to Joy of Jazz, Buyel’eKhaya, and Ugu Jazz Festivals – she was ready to complete the recording in time for the launch of iTunes SA (Dec 2012).

Having developed a significant local following since the release of her EP (25 May 2012), and the launch of her EPK ( 1 March 2013), fans will be pleased to know that the album, Isabel Novella will be available in stores from 20 May 2013.

Isabel Novella’s music opens up to world of sounds that please the senses – a blend of Afro-pop-soul-bossa-jazz differentiated by her distinctive vocals. Listen to single ‘Moya’ and view her EPK – Introducing Isabel Novella

Last month Isabel Novella performed in Praia, Cape Verde at the Atlantic Music Expo to an international audience who experienced first-hand the artistic brilliance of this Mozambican sensation. Already her music is being well received in Portuguese language speaking countries including Portugal, Mozambique, Cape Verde , Guiné-Bissau and São Tomé.

With a growing local and international live performance schedule, Isabel Novella will travel to Europe from 29 June till 29 July 2013 where she will promote her album in over 4 territories including Portugal, Holland, Germany and France.

Two performances are planned for South African audiences next month – SkyRoomLive on 22 June and a performance at The Bassline in the same week.

To book an interview with Isabel Novella who will be in Johannesburg shooting her first music video for ‘Moya’ this weekend please contact or

Nkulee Dube tops the List of Nominees for the 31st IRAWMA Awards

South African Nkulee Dube, daughter of the late reggae star Lucky Dube top the list of nominees in six categories for the 31st International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), Although, CNN earlier broke the news of her nomination, no one knew that she was the top nominee. She became the first non-Caribbean entertainer to have been nominated in that many categories. She is selected for; Best Female Vocalist, Best Song, Best Album, Best Video, Best New Entertainer and Most Promising Entertainer.

She is followed by Tarrus Riley and Mavado, each with four nods. Damian Marley, Third World, Queen Ifrika, Stephen Marley, Fab 5, Ziggy Marley and Machel Montano, each picked up three honors. Other multiple nominees includes: Freddy McGregor, Jimmy Cliff, Laza Morgan, Marcia Griffiths, I-Octane, Sean Paul, BeenieMan, Tiana, The Green, Rihanna, Shaggy, Richie Spice, Protoje, Gentleman, Spice, Alison Hinds, Calypso Rose and Kes the Band. Visit for the complete list of all the nominees. There you can vote for the winners, purchase tickets, advertise in the Awards magazine and/or become a supporting sponsor.

This year the Awards categories have been reduced from 44 to 30, but allowed up to seven nominees per category. The deadline for voting at is May 15, 2012.

The official worldwide announcement was made from Jamaica and Chicago, this Monday morning on CVM TV and Martins TV. It will again be seen live Saturday, May 24, 2012 on
On Stage TV- CVM Station with live streaming on; also on CEEN TV- Cablevision platform in New York Tri-states area.