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‘Matatya’ – Monoswezi

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matatya6Mark the date in your calendar. On the 26th of May Monoswezi (‘Ndinewe‘) will release their sophomore album ‘Monoswezi Yanga‘ via Riverboat/ World Music Network. The Scandinavian/African ensemble rose to popularity within a few weeks after the release of their debut album ‘The Village‘, which reached #2 on JUSI I LOVE’s list for 10 Best albums in 2013. The name of the band consists of the words ‘Mono‘ (Greek = ‘one’) and ‘Swezi‘ (native language in Southern Africa = ‘world’). Just as the name reflects different backgrounds, their sound continues to melt together voices and instruments, ‘traditionally’ rooted in specific places and put together in new places – for new purposes.

The video for the wonderful track ‘Matatya‘ was directed in Malaysia by Afiq Zulkefli. The song starts slowly and at some point the warm and gentle voice of Hope Masike (‘Huyai Tinamate‘) picks us up and takes us to a tour to the sound of Monoswezi.

  Monoswezi  *-*  ‘Matatya

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Introducing: Monoswezi

monoswezi 27Monoswezi is without any doubt the band of the moment! Their album ‘The Village‘ needed only one week after its release on itunes to climb on spot #7 of the World Music charts. It can be regarded as one of the most impressive releases 2013 has so far seen. The group appeared in the international media and are since then busy collecting excellent reviews (The Guardian, CNN, AfriPOP, OkayAfrica, Financial Times, etc).

At the heart of their music are traditional songs from Zimbabwe and Mozambique, sung by Hope Masike and Calu Tsemane. The vocals are accompined by brilliant Mbira play by Hope Masike and smooth Scandinavian jazz, performed by Hallvard Godal, Putte Johander and Erik Nylander. Listening to the album, you will realise the great quality of Monoswezi’s sound does not only lie in their ability to blend different sounds but in succeeding to create one sound – the sound of Monoswezi.

Listen below to the praise song ‘Ndinewe‘ and watch their life performance of ‘Mapfunde‘ at the Oslo World Music Festival.

Monoswezi  *-*  ‘Ndinewe

Monoswezi  *-*  ‘Mapfunde

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