CALEMA first UK Interview
Fradique and António Mendes Ferreira were born in Sao Tome and Principe, respectively in Roça Ribeira-Peixe in the south of the country (1987) and in the capital Sao Tome (1992).
They both descended from Cape Verdeans, Portuguese and Angolans carrying within themselves a diverse cultural heritage that led them to a passion for music.
They attend primary education in São João dos Angolares, capital of the district of Caué, where they were part of the group of the Church of Santa Cruz dos Angolares.
In 2009 they are looking for a shorter name that has a better meaning and the mutually chosen one was Kalema. Kalema means a special ripple on the African coast, as the waves upon reaching the beach always carry something with them. The Calema bring: music, smile, emotions, culture and the santomense sun.
From very early they participated in several contests winning Lusartist and where they started working the debut album “Bomu Kêlê” (Let’s believe in Creole). Disc full of surprises in Creole and Portuguese, where the Calema challenged themselves composing all the themes of the disc.
These two boys are surprised by the mix of their crystal clear voices, pure voices, powerful voices.
Where they go they never leave unnoticed, their humble personalities, charismatic musicians, and sometimes called the Kalema angels.
“The secret of a winner is to believe in victory and to break down barriers with faith”