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Friday 5 August 2011

Zim Power

To get you in the mood for the weekend, here are three tracks from an excellent compilation called "Zim Singles Collection" that I picked up in Cape Town earlier in the year.

The compilation was released in 2007 although I'm not sure many of the tracks are of the same vintage - of those artists featured here New Black Montana were at their peak in the late 1980s and 1990s, while John Chibadura died in 1999. They all have that highly distinctive Zimbabwean "jit" guitar sound that could have been produced any time in the last 30 years or more.

You can pick up a copy of the album on the One World website if you are so inclined. It is an absolute bargain at R25 (about £2), although the postage will push the price up if you are outside South Africa - it still works out a bargain though.

"Kunditenderera" - Mabhawuwa Express

"Tambira Denga" - New Black Montana

"Unodadira Aniko" - John Chibadura

Here is someone else with a highly distinctive sound.

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