Magazine article New Internationalist

[Mabulu. Karimbo]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Mabulu. Karimbo]

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by Mabulu

(World Music Network TUG 1021 CD)

To say that Karimbo - 'stamp' - was born out of adversity is something of an understatement. This recording brings together several generations of Mozambique musicians as part of an initiative to use music to promote peace after years of civil war and to carry social messages concerning AIDS, child prostitution and drugs to outlying areas. Producer Roland Hohberg managed to lay down just two tracks with musicians such as 1960s marrabenta star Lisboa Matavel, young rapper Chiquito and 20-year-old female singing star Chonyl, when the country was hit by another disaster - flooding.

The song 'N'dambi' comes directly from this experience. Jorgito's subdued vocals are to the point and even the music - usually a loose confection of rhythm guitar, lithe vocals and some gentle percussion - momentarily staggers under the weight. …

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