Music from Zimbabwe – Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi (born September 22, 1952 in Highfield, Salisbury) is one of the most famous musicians from Zimbabwe. Listen to his great song “Pindurai Mambo”:

Music from Zimbabwe, Mali & Nigeria – C’est pas bon

BRANDNEW SONG! A song I don’t know more about, but it’s multi-cultural. Seems to be from Fore from Mali. But it’s awesome good african music. The ‘Ce n’est pas bon’ in the background is by Amadou & Mariam. About political and society problems. “C’est pas Bon”, in english: that’s not good:

Music from Zimbabwe – Tanga wekwaSando

Tanga wekwaSando is a zimbabwean jazz master. Listen to his song “Paidamoyo”:

Music from the US – Chiwoniso Maraire

Chiwoniso Maraire is a great singer and Mbira player from New York, born in 1976. Here’s her excellent song “Usacheme” on the mbira:

Music from Zimbabwe – Sam Mtukudzi †

Today, I will present you the Zimbabwean musician Sam Mtukudzi(April 1, 1988 to March 15, 2010)  who died already in the age of nearly 22. He was the son of Oliver Mtukudzi, a great Zimbabwean musician, and played the saxophone and the guitar. He died March 15, 2010 in a car crash with his sound engineer, Owen Chimhare of head injuries at the scene.

R.I.P. Sam Mtukudzi , you’ll never be forgotten, as great personality and as talented musician.

His song Amai is very nice…

Music from Zimbabwe – Liyana /Prudence Mabheya

Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabheya is the subject of the critically acclaimed 2009 documentary Music by Prudence, which also features her band Liyana. Each member of Liyana is physically handicapped. Mabheya was born with arthogryposis, a rare congenital disorder, in a society where some people consider disabilities to be the result of witchcraft.

Music from Zimbabwe – John Chibadura

John Chibadura is a Zimbabwean sungura musician, born in 1957. With his band Tembo Brothers, he was best known for great rumbira music, as a mix of , mbira and rumba. Here’s his reggae masterpiece “Zuva Rekufa Kwangu”:

Music from Africa – Urban Grooves

Listening to this song very often, I wonderer that we didn’t blog it here so far ;) Don’t know where the project Urban Grooves is from(think Zimbabwe), but here’s their nice mix of “Zuva Rekufa Kwangu”. Especially like the voices, makes me feeling good! Especially this “zafira”? ;)

Music from Zimbabwe – Mike Westcott & Leprechaun

Mukumbura is a village in Mashonaland Central province in Zimbabwe. Mukumbura was immortalized in the song, It’s a Long Way to Mukumbura, by Mike Westcott and Leprechaun. The 1977 song was set to the music of “It’s a long way to Tipperary”. It rose to #2 on the Rhodesian hit music charts. The song both expressed, in humorous form, the physical distance to Mukumbura from other parts of the country while also celebrating the contributions made by different branches of the Rhodesian armed forces to the Rhodesian Bush War.