Casimiro Nhussi with NAfro Band is an African percussion-based band with a unique and high-energy blend of rhythms and melodies from all over the African continent. Their trademark is the audience interaction and participation that takes place, including singing, dancing, and clapping, bringing the true nature of an African show to Winnipeg audiences. Their style is AfroBeat and AfroJazz with straight-ahead rhythms. Casimiro Nhussi is a professional African dancer, choreographer, dance instructor, and musician based in Winnipeg
Casimiro Nhussi is a professional African dancer, choreographer, dance instructor and musician based in Winnipeg. Born in Mozambique, Africa, he has been a dance professional since 1982. Starting his career as dancer, then became the principal dancer, and then the Artistic Director of the Mozambique National Song and Dance Company. Currently Casimiro is the Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s only African contemporary dance company. NAfro Dance Productions which he founded in 2002.
Casimiro is an accomplished musician. He 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 was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada to compose music for the animated short “Mind Me Good Now”. Casimiro was nominated for the 2010 and 2013 Western Canadian Music awards for his first and second album “ Makonde and Gweka. In 2011, Casimiro had the opportunity to perform in front of 9,000 people for the Opening of the 2011 African Games, Maputo Mozambique. Throughout his career Casimiro has performed in 28 countries. He has performed at numerous festivals including the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, Afrikady in Calgary, Afro-Fest in Regina and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.