Journey of the Spirit

Journey of the Spirit

by Ephat Mujuru
     
 
The mbira, or thumb piano, is more than an instrument for the people of Zimbabwe. In the right hands, it becomes an instrument of the spirit and the heart. And the late Ephat Mujuru definitely had the right hands. On Journey of the Spirit, his music weaves hypnotic patterns that entrance while his voice intones over it, in

Overview

The mbira, or thumb piano, is more than an instrument for the people of Zimbabwe. In the right hands, it becomes an instrument of the spirit and the heart. And the late Ephat Mujuru definitely had the right hands. On Journey of the Spirit, his music weaves hypnotic patterns that entrance while his voice intones over it, in his native Shona or in English, accompanied for the most part by simple percussion. It's a winning formula with deep beauty, the moments lifted only by a couple of tracks, like the more upbeat "Africa Meet Africa," with greater instrumentation, and "Mabwaedziwa," a piece whose elements -- guitar and mbira -- don't hang together well on the tune. Otherwise, the disc makes for a complete experience, played with love and devotion, a mix of traditional and original music that blends gorgeously. Mujuru moved to the U.S., but his heart remained strongly rooted at home. Whether playing ceremonial pieces like "Nyamaropa" or his own creations such as "Peace," the music remains heartfelt. He'll be sorely missed.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
Label:
Alula
UPC:
0616498102623
catalogNumber:
1026
Rank:
337388

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ephat Mujuru   Primary Artist
Rachel Faro   Background Vocals
Jose Antonio Acosta   Background Vocals
Pablo Menendez   Background Vocals
Banning Eyre   Acoustic Guitar
Arlin González   Background Vocals
Hasan Bakr   Percussion,Conga,Hosho

Technical Credits

Laura Simms   Author
Ephat Mujuru   Arranger
Rachel Faro   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Banning Eyre   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Aaron C. Yeagle   Executive Producer
Modesty Marie Sablan   Graphic Design

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