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Chiposhi

by Yaamba

African marimba and vocal party and dance music.
Genre: World: African
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1. Botsotsi
3:36 album only
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2. Chipendura
6:44 album only
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3. Gaudete
4:22 album only
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4. Amaxoxo
6:26 album only
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5. Afro Blue
5:07 album only
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6. Ncuzu
4:25 album only
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7. Mayenza
4:51 album only
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8. Wenamo
5:50 album only
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9. Zendekaiwa
5:50 album only
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10. Mangwanane
8:05 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Listening Notes:

As a band, we take delight in playing, and often laugh or shout out while playing. We have not tried to keep this out of this recording. What you hear of our voices is as much a part of our music to us as are our instruments.

Note that there are times in the music when rhythms seem to be disparate, going their own ways, and then suddenly “come together”. This is because of the complex interweaving of rhythms that are sometimes not readily familiar to Western ears.

YAAMBA owes deeply felt thanks to many people for bringing us to our music. Among them are Dumisani Mairare, Larry Israel, Claire Jones, Stephen Gloyd, Michael Breeze, Sheree Seretse, Erica Azim, Forward Kwenda, Michael Coolen, Michael Sibanda and balafón.

YAAMBA marimba is a group of musicians who enjoy playing Zimbabwean music as well as experimenting with other music on marimba and mbira. Members include: Kathleen Arends, Angela Carey, Treg Isaacson, Ken Lewis, Michael Martin, Bill Murdoch, Kevin O’Conner, Ranann Taylor and John (Buzz) Switten. Tommy Arends was our recording engineer for this album, along with Michael Martin. Chiposhi was edited and produced by Michael Martin.

Please visit Yaamba on their Facebook page for updates and showtimes. (http://www.facebook.com/pages/YAAMBA/295092618256?ref=ts)

Liner Notes:

Botsotsi was composed by Michael Sibanda. Botsotsi is Setswana (Language spoken in Botswana) for crooks/streetwise guys. Having migrated to Botswana from Zimbabwe to teach music, Michael was inspired to compose Botsotsi by the similar rhythms and dances found in the music played in the townships in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Chipendura is about changes. YAAMBA member Treg Isaacson learned the mbira piece on Whidbey Island from Erica Azim and adapted it for marimba. Forward Kwenda’s lyrics for it lament the change in the younger generation, not wanting to learn mbira and traditional culture.

Gaudete is a 16th-century Christmas carol. The whole group plays the “burden”; the baritone and bass solo on authentic melodies; and we had fun with the rest. The buzzing introduction is from a bass krummhorn, a wind instrument of the Renaissance. Arranged by YAAMBA member, Kathleen Arends.

Amaxoxo was composed by Alport Mhlanga to sound like the singing of frogs as they created the world. Amoxoxo is one of those pieces where rhythms weave in and out, at times very individual, and at times very unified. Much like the voices of frogs in the night.

Afro Blue was composed by Cuban jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaría in the late 1950’s. First arranged for marimba and flute in a haunting version by Kutamba Marimba Ensemble. This arrangement by YAAMBA member Michael Martin.

Ncuzu has a happy sound. This is a Dumisani Maraire composition in what he said was an Ndebele beat and dance.

Ncuzu has a happy sound. This is a Dumisani Maraire composition in what he said was an Ndebele beat and dance.

Mayenza was also learned from Michael Sibanda. It features a trio of equal sopranos, which in our rendition is played by the ladies. It’s a marimba version of a pop song about “players”.

Wenamo was first heard on a recording by Thomas Mapfumo. This version was arranged and adapted by YAAMBA member Kevin o’Connor. Kevin dedicates this arrangement of Wenamo to his father, Charles O’Connor.

Wenamo was first heard on a recording by Thomas Mapfumo. This version was arranged and adapted by YAAMBA member, Kevin O'Connor. Kevin dedicates this arrangement of Wenamo to his father, Charles O'Connor.

Zendakaiwa (What is happening at your mother-in-law’s house?) was composed by Dumisani Maraire.

Mangwanani means “Good morning” and is another of Dumi’s compositions. It consists of two contrasting sections, the second having longer “rounds” or repeating cycles than the first. The lead is based on study with Claire Jones.

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