Nhava

Nhava

by Oliver Mtukudzi
     
 

In addition to being one of contemporary jazz's top indie labels, Heads Up International has delved brilliantly into the vast riches of African music these past years, bringing masters from that continent to a greater stateside awareness via its Heads Up Africa series. South Africa has gotten most of the attention over the years, but as singer, guitarist, and socially… See more details below

Overview

In addition to being one of contemporary jazz's top indie labels, Heads Up International has delved brilliantly into the vast riches of African music these past years, bringing masters from that continent to a greater stateside awareness via its Heads Up Africa series. South Africa has gotten most of the attention over the years, but as singer, guitarist, and socially conscious composer Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi shows, Zimbabwe has music equally as compelling, vibrant, and rhythmic. Over the past 25 years, Tuku has been such a force in the musical landscape of the South African region that his name has become synonymous with his style, commonly known as "Tuku music." To the untrained ear, these rollicking guitars and native call-and-response patterns and harmonies may sound a lot like other African styles, but this recording -- whose title is the Zimbabwean word for "carrying bag," that is, a satchel filled with advice, encouragement, and wisdom -- is ripe with his own country's jit style, in addition to South African mbaqanga. While certainly listeners can enjoy the music just as a cool listening experience -- sometimes bright and danceable like "Ninipa," at other times more contemplative and melancholy like "Tiri Mubindu" -- Tuku provides liner notes that explain his universal themes of humility, respect for the environment ("Pindirai"), and of course, the need for "Hope" in a troubled world.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Heads Up
UPC:
0053361310226
catalogNumber:
3102
Rank:
278894

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >