Deodato Siquir was born in a musical family in 1975 Maputo - Mozambique.
Growing up in Maputo, he taught himself to play on a homemade drum set comprised of garbage bins and other improvised components,, joining the first band Escolinha Vamos Brincar in 1988 .
By the age of 15 he was performing with professional orchestras .
From 1990 to 2000 in Mozambique Siquir worked as a sideman for Jasde, Eloy Vasco, Mateus Vilanculos, Hot Lads, Jaguar Mondlane, Zamoc Stars, Baba Harris, Tchika Fernando, Paulo Wilson, Stewart Sukuma, Leman Pinto and Dua Maciel .
Siquir assembled groups like Mozafro that performed original material which in 1999 contributed to the project Music from Mozambique, released by the Swedish label Caprice Records.
Year 2000 also contributed in the recording of the compilation album Mozambique Relief , featuring musicians from Finland and Mozambicaque, the disc raised funds and awareness for the victims of that year’s devastating flood.
2001 relocated to Scandinavia ( Sweden & Denmark ), establishing a large network of collaborators over the years .
He quickly became one of the jazz and world music scene’s most in-demand sidemen.
As a bandleader he released in 2007 Balanço and in 2011 Mutema featuring percussive, vocal and compositional talents, the records made a splash in the international world music/jazz arena climbed charts to take a place in World Music Europe’s Top Ten.
" Deodato Siquir’s infectious smile and livewire live performances are likely to spread beyond the circle of admirers he has established in Scandinavia since 2001.” Daniel Brown - Mondomix
*****Awarded Ngoma Moçambique 2008 Discovery Prize.
Over the years in Scandinavia Deodato Siquir has been on the road with: Al Campos, Ayi Solomon, Anders Bast, Andrzej Krejniuk, Bartira Fortes, Beat Funktion, Bobby Rickets, Carlos Perez, Casper Mikkelsen, Catrine Frølund, Celso Paco, Chico Matada, Dawda Jobarteh, David Bäck, Deborah Herbert, Denise Fontoura, Derupeto Quartet, Ed Epstein, Eliel Lazo, Ettiene Mbappe, Faust, Freedoms Trio, Ivan Mazuze, Isildo Novela, Jakob Dinesen, Janne Persson, Jean Paul Espinosa, Jordan Jackson, Jorge Bezerra Jr, Jan- Åke Jonhsson, Karen Mukupa, Kodjo Antwi, Lester Jackman, Linda Lamignan, Linley Marthe, Luis Varona, Maria Thandie, Maureen Lilanda, Mads Jørgensen, Mohamed Jabry, Malmö Simphony Orchestra, Metta Carter, Mikael Svirre Svensson, Monika Njava & Island Jazz, Moussa Diallo, Nana Osibio, Natasja Ndioba Gueye, Niels Kvist, Pedro Ben, Peter Knudsen, Pier Simone Crinelli, Phong Le, Romain Coutama, Romulo Duarte de Oliveira, Rubem Farias, Sal Dibba, Sami Bes, Sofi Hellborg, Stefan Bergman, Satno Pocaji, Steinar Aadnekvam, Soweto Kinch, Søren Heller, Tobias Grim, Vilnius Jazz Orquestra, Yasser Morejon Pinto, Yuki, Wazimbo, World Mix Orquestra and Olli Rantala.
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