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Genre: Acoustic / Afro-beat / Folk
Location Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Sweden, NO
Profile Views: 4571
Last Login: 8/16/2010
Member Since 11/16/2009
Record Label www.parallell.eu
Type of Label Indie
BioMonoswezi is a quintet with musicians from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe, based on traditional African music in addition to some music written by Hallvard, Putte and Erik. With a strong improvisational approach. .. .. With a common passion for traditionel African music in general, and music from the Shona people of Zimbabwe in particular, Monoswezi seeks a musical expression, where respect for tradition is combined with different references and experiences from modern Western music. .. .. The Shona people that currently represents over 80% of the population in Zimbabwe, has a distinctive, long and rich musical tradition that is very strong in the Zimbabwean society today. In addition to vocals, important instruments are, drums, percussion, local marimba in all sizes, and mbira (thumb piano). The mbira is considered the national instrument of Zimbabwe, and has been played by the Shona peolpe for more than a thousand years... .. Very often, this music will be accompanied by dancing and participation by the audience. In Shona music, there is little distinction between the performer and the audience, both are often actively involved in the music-making, and both are important in the religious ceremonies where Shona Music is often heard. Musicians are a known as people who share more than people who perform. .. .. Shona music has many similarities with Western music. The rhythmic foundation of the music can be found in parts of the American jazz tradition, while it has repetitative and thematic similarities with the music of contemporary composer such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. .. .. The lyrics have a variety of content. Some take up more everyday issues, and others have a more political content, among other about ancestors who fought against the white settlers. .. .. The musicians in Monoswezi are also involved in bands like Sidiki Camara Band, Ola Kvernberg Trio, Lekverk, Fattigfolket, Erik Nylander Orkester, Peloton, and Tore Brunborg Trio. Hallvard, Putte and Erik has also had a longer stays in Mozambique, Ghana and Gambia and have been playing with a variety of musicians there... .. ........ .. ..........
MembersNqoblie Khoza - voice, mbira, marimba, drums (Z).. Xavier Samito Tembe - percusion, voice (M).. Hallvard Godal - saxophone, clarinet (N).. Putte Johander – bass (S).. Erik Nylander – drums, percusion (S/N)..
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2 Songs | Nov 16, 2009