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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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‘Huyai Tinamate’ – Hope Masike

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huyayi tinamate2Zimbabwean Mbira artist Hope Masike (‘Rudo Harunakufina‘ & ‘Povo m’povo‘) just released the creative visuals for her new track ‘Huyai Tinamate‘. The melodious tune has deep a religious meaning as Hope Masike explains: “Huyai Tinamate, both the song and the video are inspired by the Word that says we must stay prayerful and watchful … This video is a short story about what happens when we pray without ceasing … Lets keep praying, and encouraging each other to do so, regardless of difference in religion.”

The video makes use of visuals, beautiful costumes and invites us to reflect on the daily struggles that humans have to endure. As much as hard times and pain may be part of our lifes, the song encourages us to be hopeful.

  Hope Masike  *-*  ‘Huyia Tinamate‘ 

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RNW series ‘My song’

My songRadio Netherlands Worlwide – Africa Desk has recently launched a wonderful series called ‘My Song‘ in which African music artists are given the opportunity to talk about the motivation behind one of their songs. The five artists that have so far been given this chance are Hope Masike (Zimbabwe), eLDee (Nigeria), Gaïus Vagheni Kowene (DR Congo), Ikon (Nigeria) and Irene Ntale (Uganda). Here we are given rare insights about the personal stories behind the songs, which make us understand better why these songs were recorded and which powerful messages they carry.

Ikon (of Three Wise Men) for example tells us about Nigerian society and the challenges that various people face. In his song ‘Bastard‘ he avoids blaming specific people but stresses that every Nigerian is responsible for his/ her behaviour.

The series is produced by Serginho Roosblad and you can follow it directly on Radio Netherlands Worlwide.

Ikon  *-*  ‘My song: Bastard

Hope Masike  *-*  ‘My song: Musha Mukadzi

Irene Ntale  *-*  ‘My song: Politiqx

eLDee  *-*  ‘My song: I Go Yarn

Gaïus Vagheni Kowene  *-*  ‘My song: Ndio mazao

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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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JUSI I LOVE – Top 20 Songs 2012

top 20 songsIn music blog culture it is a yearly ritual to pick the best 10 Songs/ Albums/ Music Videos. Since JUSI I LOVE was created this year it is the first time that JUSI I LOVE picks the best pieces in each category. It is obvious that such lists cannot include all excellent songs, albums and music videos from Africa. It’s rather a selection of a selection. Today I will present to you the Top 20 Songs of 2012. On Saturday I will post the Top 10 Albums and the Top 15 Music Videos. On December 23 I will present to you a Christmas gift by posting a list of wonderful songs that are free for download.

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1. Just A Band  *-*  ‘Probably For Lovers‘ (Kenya)   (FREE Download)

2. The Very Best  *-*  ‘We OK!’ (Feat. K’Naan) (Malawi/ UK/ Somalia)   (Purchase)

3. Bongeziwe Mabandla  *-*  ‘Gunuza‘ (South Africa)   (Purchase)

4. Layori  *-*  “Iwa Lewa” (Nigeria)   (Purchase)

5. Fuse ODG  – ‘Azonto‘ (Feat. Tiffany) (Ghana)   (FREE Download)

6. Kae Sun  *-*  ‘Ship and the Globe‘ (Ghana/ Canada)   (Purchase)

7. D’Banj  *-*  ‘Oliver Twist‘ (Nigeria)   (Purchase)

8. Blackmagic  *-*  ‘Confam’ (Nigeria)   (Purchase)

9. The Soil  *-*  ’Iinkomo Beatbox Remix‘ (Feat. Zakwe) (South Africa)   (Purchase)

10. Tebogo Mathiba  *-*  “Thari Ya Sechaba“ (Botswana)

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