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.