José Carlos Schwarz

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José Carlos Schwarz
Born(1949-12-06)December 6, 1949
Died(1977-05-27)May 27, 1977
Cause of deathPlane crash

José Carlos Schwarz (Bissau, December 6, 1949 – Havana, May 27, 1977) was a Bissau-Guinean poet and musician. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential musicians of Guinea-Bissau.[1]

Schwarz wrote in Portuguese and French, but he sang in Creole. In 1970, he formed the Cobiana Djazz band with a group of friends. After the independence of Guinea-Bissau, Schwarz became the director of the Department of Arts and Culture, and also the responsible for youth matters. In 1977, he started working at the Embassy of Guinea-Bissau in Cuba. On May 27 of the same year, Schwarz died in a plane crash near Havana.[2]


  1. ^ "José Carlos Schwarz - A voz do povo" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2007-06-13.
  2. ^ Casimiro, Fernando. "Memorável José Carlos Schwarz" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2007-06-13.