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Mambo Grooves

by Ruzivo

At long last, this collaboration between American and Zimbabwean musicians comes to fruition! What emerges is a vibrant fusion of traditional and contemporary beats of Zimbabwe, from highly danceable Sungura music to deeply spiritual mbira-inspired tunes.
Genre: World: Afro-Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kanhurikwa
4:39 $0.99
2. Siya Wanatsa
4:47 $0.99
3. Berlin
4:56 $0.99
4. Hey Mambo
3:55 $0.99
5. Tsamba Yerudo
4:59 $0.99
6. Tondobayana
4:15 $0.99
7. Up in This Peace
7:00 $0.99
8. Tenda
7:31 $0.99
9. Revai
5:04 $0.99
10. Hwamanda
4:13 $0.99
11. Musasa Grooves
4:29 $0.99
12. Kumarinda
6:09 $0.99
13. Tovera
4:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ruzivo, derived from the Shona word meaning ‘wisdom,’ formed in 2004 and has grown over the years under the direction of Paul Mataruse, master marimba player from Zimbabwe. Ruzivo plays a mix of Zimbabwean traditional music and compositions from Mataruse and other band members inspired by the AfroPop sounds from Mataruse’s native country. The band features four marimbas (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone), electric bass guitar, mbira, and drum kit. What emerges is an infectious sound that always gets the audiences dancing and singing along.

Our lyrics are part social commentary, part celebration and fully steeped in the traditional Shona repertoire of Zimbabwe. Some songs are direct adaptations of the 1,000 year-old mbira music, while some are more contemporary compositions emergent from the mixing of cultures as the Bantu peoples migrated from Central Africa into modern day Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.

Ruzivo has performed across the US, Canada and Zimbabwe. The band is experienced in teaching workshops in group settings as well as more individual instrument-specific settings. Workshops include live performances at school assemblies, accompanied by a brief history of Zimbabwean music, social and political situations. In addition, small, classroom based ‘mini-Ruzivo’ sessions with part of the band are also available.



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nana Yaw Obrafo Asiedu

there are not enough stars
I would love to say thank you for this music and it's cultural significance. Such awesome musican and musical concept of a music evolving into a magnificant sound and enjoyment. You are to be congradulated on your very successful recording of "The Great Zimbabwe" "The Great House of Stone" One of Afrikas greatest Educational and Instititutional not to mention Historical places in Afrika and the world.

Mi se medase O (thank you) for such a great Job.
Nana Yaw Obrafo Asiedu Asistant Band Leader
"Izinde" Afrikan Fushion Band,
Lead singer Band Leader