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Bandcamp Album of the Day Mar 19, A lost classic of juju music is finally available again for re-appraisal. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 29, Rebel Woman by Chiwoniso. Taeke van der Sluis m. Rod Kenworthy. Purchasable with gift card. With her first international release in over 10 years, Chiwoniso brings an entrancing and uplifting sound to the critically acclaimed album Rebel Woman. The CD is packaged in a stunning matte-finish digipak including a page booklet of song meanings, English translations and exclusive artist photos.
Vanorapa Matsotsi Gomo Nguva Ye Kufara Chiwoniso* - Rebel Woman (CD) Kurima Listen to the Breeze Wakashinga Her late father, Dumisani Maraire was a respected scholar and musician, who moved the family to the United States in the s while pursuing a degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Chiwoniso was born in Olympia, Washington inand although she spent the first seven years of her life away from Zimbabwe, the music of her family's homeland was a constant presence.
Her first studio recording was at the age of nine with her parents, an album called 'Tichazomuwona' We Shall See Youdedicated to her late uncle, Dr Nkosana Aurthur Maraire. By the age of 11 Chiwoniso was performing with her father and siblings, Tawona and Ziyanai, in their family mbira group 'Mhuri yaMaraire' The Maraire Family.
Originating in the ancient Shona civilization of southern Africa, the mbira is a musical instrument made of metal tines attached to a wooden board. The player plucks the tines with their thumbs to create captivating interlocking melodies, which have accompanied ceremonies and celebrations for countless generations.
While variations of the mbira exist across Africa, it is an essential element of Zimbabwean music tradition and has a deep historical, cultural and spiritual symbolism. InChiwoniso's family made their second move back to Zimbabwe, and she quickly became a popular figure in the local music scene thanks to her role as lead vocalist for A Peace of Ebonythe country's first hip-hop band. This was when Chiwoniso and Keith Farquharson first met.
Inshe released her first solo album, Ancient Voiceswhich was warmly received and even earned her the prestigious Radio France International "Best New Artist" award. While she was Chiwoniso* - Rebel Woman (CD) her solo career, Chiwoniso also toured and recorded with the powerful Zimbabwean group Andy Brown and The Storm. In and Chiwoniso gave birth to her daughters Chengeto and Chiedza. Her decision to focus on raising her children saw her choose to step out of the active international scene for some years.
With her feet back on the ground and revitalized creative energy, Chiwoniso has spent Chiwoniso* - Rebel Woman (CD) last three years working with producer Keith Farquharson on Rebel Woman. Recorded in Zimbabwe, South Africa, England and Vermont where Cumbancha and its partner company Charles Eller Studios are basedthe album features some of Southern Africa's most respected musicians and an intriguing collection of guests.
The result is an appealing collection of songs that range from the soothing, unadorned mbira and voices of "Pamuromo" to the rousing, celebratory dance beats of "Gomo. Chiwoniso believes firmly in the power of traditional Shona spirituality and the ability of the elders to heal people even after they have died and entered the realm of the spirits. Chiwoniso wrote the song based on one her late father used to perform with Mananzi IIIadding to its emotional depth.
Many people leave their families Chiwoniso* - Rebel Woman (CD) find work, and they are only able to return home to visit their loved ones every month or so. In today's tough economic times, it's harder for people to even earn enough money to make the trip back home. The mood shifts on "Gomo", an upbeat tribute to the mountain regions where Chiwoniso's family originated.
We are the children of the mountains," she shouts out, encouraging you to enter the trance-like state of a traditional Zimbabwean ceremony. Because of her American upbringing, Chiwoniso is equally comfortable writing and singing in English, which she demonstrates to full effect on the South African flavored "Listen to the Breeze". The lyrics, which tell of a wise elder who imparts words of wisdom, came to her in a dream during a recording session in England.
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