Saturday, February 23, 2013

Jonah Moyo & Devera Nqwena - Taxi Driver (1987)

During the peak popularity of the Bhundu Boys, and a few years before the band and his own personal delamination began, Biggie Tembo lent his endorsement to this British production of Jonah Moyo & Devera Ngwena. "If there was any group to be where we the Bhundus are, then I would look no further than Devera Ngwena," Biggie proclaims on the back of this album. Unfortunately the band did not achieve the ephemeral international fame of the Bhundus, but its prolific output of infectious dance music made it very popular in Zimbabwe. In 2011 I posted one of Devera Ngwena's later records here.

I'm not sure if this record is a reissue of a 1985 Zimbabwe release, or if it also collects various hits like "Too Cheap" from earlier records. In any case this was a blistering international release, and if you missed it then, you can enjoy it now.

P.S. I processed this sound file on the road and attached the front and back record sleeve images from discogs. If you would like higher resolution scans, email me.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Oliver Mtukudzi - Zvauya Sei? (1986)

Oliver Mtukudzi's rich voice and unique musical style have made him popular throughout the world. "Tuku Music" draws from Shona, Ndebele and South African roots that made it broadly accessible. Wikipedia lists fifty-five albums in Mtukudzi's discography, and many of those from the second half of his career were international CD releases. With his tireless touring and prolific song writing, he became a darling of the world music industry. For awhile the CDs came so frequently that each one seemed routine.

This record is from relatively early in Tuku's career, when his popularity in Zimbabwe was ascendant. I prefer it to some of the later, slicker releases, though the intimately familiar sound is essentially the same. By the way, earlier I posted a great live set from Tuka here.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Zvishavane Sounds - Mutongi Gava (1987)

One of the many ephemeral Zimbabwean bands, Zvishavane Sounds sprouted in a mining community with this powerful album featuring the title track hit. Led by Joseph Mutero, this band is a great example of the high energy guitar music paired with great singing that characterized Zimbabwean pop music of the era. This is one of a pile of records I collected in Zimbabwe in early 1991, one of my favorites. I could discover little about this band apart from an interesting insight, including the names of the musicians, here.

P.S. Sorry for the absence. After being away from home for a while unexpectedly, we'll get back on track with a few from Zimbabwe. And thanks to Tony, for giving me a more focussed date! I confirmed it with the record label when I dug it out.