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Mabulu / Soul Marrabenta
Album:Soul Marrabenta Collection:World
Artist:Mabulu Added:08/2003
Label:World Music Network 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-02-16 Pull Date:2004-04-19 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:4 Apr28 Mar21 Mar14 Mar29 Feb22 Feb

 Recent Airplay
1.Mar 30, 2004:Sunshine ... in the Afternoon
4.Mar 13, 2004:Morning Glory
Palavra D'honra
2.Mar 24, 2004:Sunshine ... in the Afternoon
5.Mar 11, 2004:forty degrees
3.Mar 17, 2004:Night Music with an Accent
Aids (But Hope)
6.Mar 09, 2004:Sunshine ... in the Afternoon

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-02-09 
Mabulu is a multi-generational group of musicians from Mozambique, with members ranging from the 73-year old vocalist Dilon Djindji to 20 year-old female vocalist Chonyl. On “Soul Marrabenta”, Mabulu collaborate with a host of other prominent African musicians, including rappers and various instrumentalists. The result is a rich, diverse album that stays true to the African songwriting tradition by amalgamating contemporary sounds with socially relevant lyrics. Excellent liner notes include translations of all the lyrics. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, PLAY ALL.

Track 1, Bula bula: Upbeat, fast tempo, female vox.

Track 2, Palavra d’Honra: Mandolin + male vox plus choir. Rap interlude at ~3:00.

**Track 3, AIDS: Starts with beautiful finger plucking on acoustic guitar. Musically uncluttered conversation between an old man and young female voice. Excellent sax interlude at ~2:30.

Track 4, Rosita: Drums + sax, more contemporary sound.

Track 5, Elisa Mabai: Dialogue between Dilon Djindji and rapper. Interesting stuff.

Track 6, Tshina: Traditional dance music with lively sax. Cheery choir.

**Track 7, N’Binheto: Old man vox + rolling guitar riff + rap interlude (~1:40). Beautiful.

Track 8, Ku Lunga: Starts with banging/hissing sound. Uptempo drums + male vox.

Track 11, Buya: Terrific instrumental opening (sax+guitar), Interplay between sax and husky female voice.

**Track 16, AIDS, Hope: Slightly longer version of #3. Great sax interludes at 1:50, 3:10, 4:50. Fabulous music.

Track Listing
1.Bula Bula 9.Catembe
2.Palavra D'honra 10.Tsunelani
3.Aids 11.Buya
4.Rosita 12.Ulombe
5.Elisa Mabai 13.Vanana
6.Tshina 14.Hlamalani
7.N'binheto 15.Maldeyeni
8.Ku Lunga 16.Aids (But Hope)