Isabel Novella


Born in Maputo, Mozambique, Isabel Novella is a Pan-African singer, songwriter and composer. Unique in style and performance, Isabel has carved her own niche as performing and recording artist. Her music is defined along soul-bossa jazz, marrabenta-bossa, up beat reggaeton and Afro-soul genres.

She developed a big passion for the arts at a tender age of five. At that age, she was already featuring on TV, radio programs and infantile festivals. When she turned ten, she composed her first song which part of a children CD compilation. At the age of 14, she started singing as a professional artist and this saw her doing backing vocals for different groups in Mozambique, South Africa and The Netherlands.

In 2005, she performed together with NecoNovellas (her family band) in more than 50 festivals in Europe; including, Dunya, Oreol, Roots, Mundial, and North Sea Jazz Festivals (all in Holland) and many others. In 2009, she was one of the singers who was chosen to feature on the album 'Beyond Borders'. the album was released in 2009 in the U.S. It featured prominent musicians from different and she was the only singer from the African continent.

In 2013, she released her first solo album self-titled 'Isabel Novella' through Native Rhythms Productions and SONY Music Entertainment. With her debut album, she graced big Jazz and African Music Festivals such as Ugu Jazz Festival in South Africa, Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar, Lusophone Festival in New York, More Jazz Series in Mozambique and AZGO Festival in Mozambique

In 2015, she was nominated as the ambassador for AAPI ( African Artists Peace Initiative). Her passion for music saw her achieving her first international collaboration with Bob James (Fourplay) playing piano on her song ‘Voices’. In 2016 she won the third place award in the World Music category at the 2015 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for her song ‘Ntsumi’.


MZMaputo, Mozambique


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