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Mai Zimbabwe

by Tendai Muparutsa

This album showcases a new Zimbabwean sound from the Diaspora.
Genre: World: Afro-Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Barika / Small House
4:53 $0.99
2. Chidhakwa
4:20 $0.99
3. Iwe
5:26 $0.99
4. Kupopota
4:13 $0.99
5. Mai Zimbabwe
4:21 $0.99
6. Mweya
3:55 $0.99
7. Kubarana
4:31 $0.99
8. Vasikana
2:39 $0.99
9. Makarekare
4:17 $0.99
10. Mafaro
3:31 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
All music composed and arranged by Tendai Muparutsa
Nostalgia for motherland Mai Zimbabwe

On his debut solo album, Tendai Muparutsa leans on the rich tapestry of African musical traditions to bring forth a forceful commentary on modern day Zimbabwe. Muparutsa draws from a wide swath of Africa as he weaves rhythms from West, Central and Southern Africa onto familiar Zimbabwean mbira and other traditional rhythms. With this offering, we get an exploration of a new, Diaspora-influenced Zimbabwean sound, one that matches the experiences of countless talented Zimbabwean musicians who left their homeland in search of greener pastures and in the process cross-pollinated their music with that of other Africans, as well as American and Latin American heritages.

On Mai Zimbabwe, Muparutsa follows in the strong tradition of social commentary common in Zimbabwean music, in which the musician plays teacher, healer, town crier, chief litigant and master of ceremonies, as the situation requires. Mai Zimbabwe takes a look at the Zimbabwe of today and laments the new form of unspoken polygamy (Barika) in which men keep mistresses hidden away in “small houses.” The album also explores such topics as statutory rape (Iwe) and the need for proper family planning (Kubarana). On the track Chidhakwa, Muparutsa celebrates the resiliency of children who grow up with an alcoholic father and yet thrive and succeed against terrible odds. He also takes time to celebrate the beautiful women of Zimbabwe on Vasikana, while, on the title track, remembering the majestic country of his birth and making a promise to never forget its rugged beauty and its people now scattered all over the world.
– Liner Notes: Evelyn Mukwedeya & Paul Mataruse

Complete text and translation is included in the CD booklet.



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