Nonesuch Explorer Series / Zimbabwe: the Soul of Mbira: E
Album: Zimbabwe: the Soul of Mbira: E   Collection:World
Artist:Nonesuch Explorer Series   Added:Sep 2003
Label:Nonesuch Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-12-22 Pull Date: 2004-02-23 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Feb 22 Feb 15 Feb 8 Feb 1 Jan 18 Jan 4
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 17, 2004: Meat Man Whistle Punching Sex Contest
Nyamaropa Yevana Vavamushona
4. Feb 03, 2004: At the Cafe Bohemian
2. Feb 10, 2004: Meat Man Whistle Punching Sex Context
5. Jan 27, 2004: At the Cafe Bohemian
3. Feb 06, 2004: No Cover, No Minimum
Nyamaropa Yevana Vavamushona
6. Jan 13, 2004: At the Cafe Bohemian

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-11-13
Since this was released in 1973, many of the performers on this disc have died. This stands, however, as a gorgeous record of some of the finest mbira players ever. They play (and sing) with a passion and skill that is thoroughly compelling. The hypnotic melodies and complex rhythms throughout make this a total joy to listen to, and the extensive notes are fascinating. One star for every track!

1. Recorded live at a village ceremony to honor the dead.
Great sounds of chanting/claps.
2. Wonderful interplay of mbiras. Soothing & hypnotic. Mid.
3. Mbiras & percussion back soaring vocals. Midtempo.
4. M & F voices, complex mbira layers. Haunting, uptempo.
5. Simon Mashoko sings/plays mbira. Fast spoken work poetry & soaring vocals.
6. Solo mbira & shaker. Light w/delicate variations in tone.
7 Deeper mbira sound. Spare, haunting vocals. Wow.
8. Complex melody, shaker, vox. Recorded live in a village.
9. Deep vocals, bright mbira sound. Catchy.

Track Listing
1. Nhemamusasa   5. Mbiriviri
2. Taireva   6. Nhimutimu
3. Nyamaropa   7. Nyamaropa Yevana Vavamushona
4. Kuyadya Hove Kune Mazove   8. Dangu Rangu
  9. Kumakudo