Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Kasongo Band - Gejo (1990)

Here is another splendid recording of chimurenga from Zimbabwe's golden treasure chest. The Kasongo Band formed in exile in Tanzania during the liberation war, where other East and Central African music styles influenced their music. During an extended guitar break in the last song, for example, a band member invokes the Congolese animation "kwassa kwassa." While the harmonious singing is solid throughout this album, it's the intertwined guitars that propel the music at breakneck speed, making it impossible not to kwassa kwassa.

The band name on the back of the sleeve is Knowledge Kunenyathi and Kassongo Band, highlighting a leader of the band who struck out on his own shortly after this record was cut. I suggest putting it into your library, turning it up loud, and then going to the useful Music of Zimbabwe site for a little more information about the band.

7 comments:

cp said...

so nice! please keep the hits from zimbabwe coming!
cheers!

Apurva Bahadur said...

This music is SO nice. Many thanks for sharing. Apurva from Pune, India.

Anonymous said...

love the sweet sound & nice guitar work.many thanks, -john

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the effort,
you put out some great music!

Chu said...

Just found this blog! thank you SO MUCH for sharing all this beautiful vibrations and information. ONE LOVE.

Anonymous said...

the comments here making me curious to have a listen to Kasongo Gejo but I can't see the link for that. how do i listen to the music? Pliz help,

Anonymous said...

Click: Enjoy! And then enjoy.