Nsimbi’s sound is filled with traditional East African instrumentation, but takes a modern approach. Their songs are based on Swahili and Baganda proverbs, which work well with Zamba’s fluid storytelling style. Zamba and Tamar believe that music helps improve society and with their joyous outlook, it’s easy to see how their melodies and lyrics uplift others.
Djénéba and Fousco proudly sing for their Kayes homeland and present an ensemble that respects traditional music while adding nice contemporary touches on their debut international release Kayeba Khasso. Their ensemble is as strong as the songwriting which is delivered passionately by two of Mali’s finest voices.
Strange Circles is a remarkable debut for an ensemble of musicians who came together for this project. The combination of League’s musical ideas and Tirolien’s lyrical gift yields a rewarding album that is driven by the depth of the guitars and percussion.
The sound and spirit of Zimbabwe and Mozambique runs through the heart of Timbila and Chartwell Dutiro’s double album collection Sadza with the Head of a Mouse. The combination of the timbila and mbira, supported by violin and guitar, gives an immense amount of texture to the music.
After spreading their sound to the world on Rising Tide, Mokoomba return with Luyando, an album which alters their approach slightly but ends up revealing a group that continues to grow more dynamic with each release. Their enthusiasm and technique is exemplary and their second album hits the mark.