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Marrabenta Music From Mozambique: Yinguica
     

Marrabenta Music From Mozambique: Yinguica

by Yinguica
 
Marrabenta is the music of Mozambique, originally the sound of the underclass, but now very much of the nation as a whole. Low-key and joyful, it's a little like the palm wine music of West Africa, laid-back and welcoming, acoustic and friendly. Even at its most extroverted, with a full band, as on "Eliza We" and "Mode Xicavalo," it doesn't manage more than a lope;

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Marrabenta is the music of Mozambique, originally the sound of the underclass, but now very much of the nation as a whole. Low-key and joyful, it's a little like the palm wine music of West Africa, laid-back and welcoming, acoustic and friendly. Even at its most extroverted, with a full band, as on "Eliza We" and "Mode Xicavalo," it doesn't manage more than a lope; this definitely isn't music for galloping, but for the warm afternoons and evenings. Yinguica kicks off with Bernard Honwana, one of marrabenta's giants -- his father also played the style -- on a gentle, lulling piece, "Vou Morrer Assim'," and only very slowly moves up through the gears. The relaxed ambience, right down to conversation, laughter, and the clink of beer bottles, makes it a homegrown pleasure that's worth any number of listenings, both to take it in and to create an instant soft party atmosphere as background.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2009
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037225021
catalogNumber:
2250
Rank:
267578

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Performance Credits

Yinguica   Primary Artist
Barry Van Zyl   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Tony Paco   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Bernaldo Honwana   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Helder Gonzaga   Bass,Shaker,Group Member
Julio Sigauque   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Chris Tait   Engineer
Robin Hogarth   Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Cover Photo
Public Domain   Composer
Ute Entwistle   translation,Layout
Barry Van Zyl   Producer
Alex Stokes   Cover Design
Tony Paco   Composer
Jeannine Blanpain   translation
Francesco Mahecuana   Composer
Daniel Langa   Composer
Gabriel Chiau   Composer
Sonya Falas   Photo Courtesy
Xidi Mingwana   Composer

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