Oliver Mtukudzi – Nhava (Heads Up)

by | Jun 2, 2005 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

Oliver Mtukudzi – Nhava; Heads Up International HUCD 3102 CD ***1/2: 

This disc contains world music with a bit of a folk feel much like some
of Paul Simon’s African-sounding records.  Oliver is from Zimbabwe
and the songs are sung in his native tongue with a full female chorus
on much of the material.  The insert that accompanies the disc has
full explanations of each of the songs—something I’d like to see on
English recordings.  How often do you wonder what in the world a
particular song is about?  From my reading, most of the songs talk
about real world issues—the environment, life issues, religion, and
other concerns that we face on a daily basis.  The music manages
to convey some of these heavier topics in a melodious and pleasing
manner.  The band consists of Oliver singing and playing guitar,
electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, and percussion. 
Track three has a bit of a reggae feel that was enjoyable.  For a
taste of something out of the ordinary and for those who enjoy music
from different cultures, this disc will be a pleasant listen. 
Sound quality is very good like all the Heads Up discs I’ve had the
pleasure to review.  Songs included are:  Ninipa; Izere
Mhepo; Pindirai; Menzva Kudzimba; Hazvireve; Hope; Tiregerereiwo;
Handiro Dambudziko; Tiri Mubindu; Dzokai; Tozeza; Dzidziso.

-Brian Bloom

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