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ZIMBABWE

Well known for artists such as Thomas Mapfumo, The Bundu Boys, The Four Brothers and many, many more too numerous to mention. Also famous for its traditional mbira music.

This page was last updated on 5/2/14.

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AFRICA SOUNDS FRANCO TINODA SOCIALISM / TINEMUNAMATO ZMC10 7in 0.00 COL
Franco wrote them. Tymon Mabaleka produced it and David. Scobie engineered it at Shed Studios for Z.M.C. Production in 1989. A. TINODA SOCIALISM
B. TINEMUNAMATO
ANDY BROWN AND THE STORM PASSAGE OF TIME SLCD040 CD 14.80 COL
Blending traditional instruments with contemporary sounds in a fusion that challenges traditional and modern music pre-conceptions. In addition to making a powerful and unique sound, the group also write beautiful songs which make it one of Zimbabwe's most exciting musical ensembles. Tracks on this compilation are: Shungu, Fiona, Kure Kure, Simuka, Nhasi Takura, Gogedzi, Ndoenda, Spirit, Mapurisa and Mawere Kongonya.
ASTASO ALPORT AND KWANA MOTO BAND RUGARE IALP9 LP 7.00 COL
BHUNDU BOYS FRIENDS ON THE ROAD COOKCD053 CD 5.50 COL
BHUNDU BOYS LIVE AT KING TUT'S WAH WAH HUT AFRILP09 LP 10.00 COL
BHUNDU BOYS MUCHIVEDZA (OUT OF THE DARK) COOKCD118 CD 5.50 COL
BHUNDU BOYS THE SHED SESSIONS ( 2 x CD ) SADZA1 CDx2 13.20 COL
29 track compilation that includes all the tracks from Shabini, Tsvimbodzemoto and Chekudya Chose plus also 6 tracks released only in Zimbabwe.
BHUNDU BOYS TRUE JIT 242203-2 CD 10.00 COL
BLACK SAINTS OH ISHE MUWZ107LP LP 30.00 COL
An absolutely wonderful gospel album is what I wrote about this record when I got it over 20 years ago and then I put it in a rack and left it there....... Well having now cleaned up the recording and transfered it to CD-R I can see what an understatement that was. It is stunningly beautiful with lovely soft guitars, a real drum set, sweet as honey vocals and catchy tunes. PURE MAGIC. Just have a listen. 1. OH ISHE
2. ZIVA NEMOYO
3. MWARI NGONI NORUPFAVE
4. HAMA YANGU
5. KUTI NDODAIDZWA NDIYE
6. MWARI WANGU SAMATENGA
7. MWEYA WANGU UNOMUPONESI
8. YESU HANDINA SIMBA
CDE CHINX EARLY HITS CXLP1 LP 30.00 COL
Comrade Chinx started out by forming one of the many choirs during the liberation struggle and finally led the Zanla Choir. After Independence choirs were no longer in favour and together with Keith Farquarson (misspelt as Rarquherson on the album cover) he formed the group Barrel of Peace. Together with Producer Benny Miller they went on to make the hits on this album. 1. ZVIKOMBORERO KUSIMBA
2. MUNHU DENGA, NENYIKA
3. MARCHING TOGETHER
4. JOURNEY OF LOVE
5. NERUDO
6. MAGAMBA OSE
7. ZVIKOMBORERO KUSIMBA (LIVE)
CDE CHINX NGORIMBA CHINXL1 LP 20.00 COL
Comrade Chinx. 1. NGORIMBA
2.ZUVA GURU
3. MOSE GARIRAY
4. DZEFUNDE
5. PASI WEMPADAGU
6. HAZVITENDERWI
7. DZIKAI MUTEMO
CEPHAS KARUSHANGA AND THE MABHAUWA EXPRESS CHIMANIMANI MDALP07 LP 10.00 COL
Another almost unknown gem of an album with a throbbing beat backed by sweetly tinkling guitars over which the voices of Cephas and the other four band members belt out the vocals. A real dancefloor stomper with some great guitar playing. ( F.T.Index: Chimanimani, Mhandara, Apongozi, Fungai, Baba Vevana, Susan. ) [6T/44M] 1. CHIMANIMANI
2. MHANDARA
3. APONGOZI
4. FUNGAI
5. BABA VEVANA
6. SUSAN
CEPHAS MASHAKADA AND THE SOUNDS OF THE MUDDY FACE SAMSON HAANA MHOSVA CDGRAMMA370 CD 10.95 COL
1. DHERIRA
2. KUSATENDA HUROYI
3. MOYO WAKANAKA
4. JESU VAIFAMBA
5. PANYIKA PANO
6. FAMBA MANGWANANGWANA
CHIGOVANYIKA BROTHERS CHIBHAMU / MANDINONOKERA ZMA191 7in 10.00 COL
G. Mapfumo wrote it. Gordon Manyemba produced it and Peter Van Deventer engineered it for Z.M.C. at Frontline Studios in 1988. A. CHIBHAMU
B. MANDINONOKERA
CLIVE MALUNGA AND BLACK EAGLES KUNZE KWAYEDZA ZML1042LP LP 8.00 COL
COOL CROONERS ISATILO AN001 CD 18.45 COL
COOL CROONERS OF BULAWAYO BLUE SKY 5023052 CD 17.55 COL
DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND DEVERA NGWENA 25 FEAT. JONAH MOYO CDGRAMMA130 CD 12.50 COL
DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND DEVERA NGWENA 3 CDZML1006 CD 12.95 COL
1. REURURA
2. ZVOKU MAYADHI
3. SOLO NA MUTSAI
4. HANDIDI ZVOKUNYEPA
5. WAINDINYEYA
6. NDAPFIDZA
7. HANDIMBO KENDENGA
8. VAKADZI VOMUNO MUNONETSA
9. MUKUFARA NEMUKUSUWA
10. TIRI KWEDU KWARHARI
DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND DEVERA NGWENA 5 CDZML1011 CD £ 10.00
Starts off with top hit Too Cheap and continues with track after track of magic music. Zimbabwean albums just don't come any better than this. There is a small recording speed error for a couple of seconds at the begining of track 2. 1. TOO CHEAP
2. NDANI ANDIBERA
3. NDIUDZE
4. AMAI VANGU
5. MAI VANORAMBA VAMWE
6. MASIRIVHA
7. WANGU P.
8. BABA VAUYA
DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND DEVERA NGWENA 5 ZML1011 LP 30.00 COL
Starts off with top hit Too Cheap and continues with track after track of magic music. Zimbabwean albums just don't come any better than this. Perfect condition cover and record which has only been played once since it was pressed back in 1983. 1. TOO CHEAP
2. NDANI ANDIBERA
3. NDIUDZE
4. AMAI VANGU
5. MAI VANORAMBA VAMWE
6. MASIRIVHA
7. WANGU P.
8. BABA VAUYA
DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND DEVERA NGWENA 8 ZML1024 TC 15.00 COL
Another cracking set of tracks from the early days. 1. CECELIA
2. HOYO WOBHURURUKA
3. NDASHAYA ZVINOKUNETSA
4. SVIKA FAIR FAIR
5. ROSE
6. JUWERE
7. AND WAKAOMA
DUMISANI MARAIRE AND EPHAT MUJURU SHONA SPIRIT 136 TC 5.50 COL
ELIJAH MADZIKATIRE AND BERO BAND TOROFIKA JLP1008LP LP 10.00 COL
Elijah is the son of Safirio Madzikatire and I can't do better than direct you to this blog for information about him, Elijah Madzikatire. A lovely album that had been kicking about in my collection unloved and unplayed until someone asked for it. Its a little cracker so please do have a listen. 1. TOROFIKA
2. MARIA (KANA NDAGUMBUKA)
3. MHORO DORO
4. AZANIA UNITE
5. WAKANONOKA
EPHAT MUJURU AND SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE MBAVAIRA ZML1013 EP 3.00 COL
1. MBAVAIRA
2. KUENDA MBIRA
3. MUDANDE
4. NYAMA MUSANGO
EPHAT MUJURU AND SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE MUTIMUKURU ZML1033LP LP 7.00 COL
Marvellous album from Ephat and his troup of musicians, singers and dancers that really shows the true beauty of that very underrated instrument, the mbira. Accompanied by the rattles of the hosho, the mbira players manage to totally fill the air with a wonderful cascade of notes while the powerful and deeply moving vocals tell the song's story in striking contrast to the smoothness of the music. Definitely Recommended. (F.T.Index: Nharire, Mutimukuru, Bangidza)
EXODUS SOUND BLAST USANDITONGESE MUBHAWA KSALP120LP LP 10.00 COL
Another of those overlooked and unplayed LPs that have been hidden in my collection for over 20 years. Nothing on the web except my own entry. So after 20 odd years was it worth waiting for? You bet it was. Fantastic all the way through with great vocal harmonies with plenty of room for the magic guitar playing. Have a listen and be amazed. 1. USANDITONGESE MUBHAWA
2. NDAKAROORWA NEROMBE
3. NHAI MUKADZI WANGU
4. MOLLY
5. RUDO ISHIRI
6. IWE MUKOMA WANGU
7. MUNYAMA WANGU
8. USATEERERE RUMBIDZO
FOUR BROTHERS BROS COOKCD023 CD 5.50 COL
GARIKAYI TIRIKOTI MAIDEI GT0603 CD £ 12.50
A beautiful and very atmospheric album from Garikayi who plays the mbira, hosho and ngoma and is accompanied on vocals by his nephew Lee. Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide described the album as Sublime...will satisfy even the fussiest Mbira music connoisseur. Well I wouldn't claim to be a connoiseur but I certainly love the album. Definitely Recommended. [7T/51M] Track: Chavechinyakare
HALLELUJAH CHICKEN RUN BAND TAKE ONE 1974 - 79 ALU2002 CD 12.95 COL
A cracking set of 18 early tracks from the rag tag and ever changing band that started off in the Mangura Copper Mine. Amongst the musicians are Bothwell Nyamondera, Thomas Mapfumo, Patrick Mukwamba and Wilson Jubane whose scene stealing guitar and vocals are perfection on my favorite track - Mukadzi Wangu Ndomuda. Also don't turn off after the final track as there is a hidden stunner if you wait a few minutes. 1. MUDZIMU NDIRINGE
2. KARE NANHASI
3. NGOMA YARIRA
4. MANHERU CHANGAMIRE
5. TAMBA ZIMBA NAVASHE
6. MUTORIDODO
7. MUKADZI WANGU NDOMUDA
8. SEKAI
9. GORE IRO
10. MUREMBO
11. MWANA WAMAI DADA NAYE
12. MUSAWORE MOYO
13. ALIKULILA
14. NDOPENGA
15. NGATIENDE KUMUSHA
16. SHUMBA INOBVA MU GOMO
17. TINOKUMBIRA KUZIVA
18. CHAMINUKA MUKURU
HARARE MAMBOS NGATIGAREI TESE ZML1025 LP 10.00 COL
Formed way back in 1957 by lead singer, guitarist and keyboard player Green Jangano, the Mambos are Zimbabwe's longest running group. They were one of the first bands to sing in both Shona and English and started by singing promotional songs for some of the major companies. This album features one of their top hits Mbuya Nehanda and my favorite - Kudendere. The album is a bit like the curate's egg as it also has four rather lack luster tracks sung in English. 1. NGATIGARIE TESE
2. MWANASIKANA
3. MBUYA NEHANDA
4. SAY ANYTHING
5. KUDENDERE
6. STAY AWAY
7. LET'S GET MARRIED
8. WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE IN LOVE
9. ZVANHASI NDEZVEDUWO
10. NHASI ZVAITA NEPAMWE
ILANGA SILVER AND GOLD ILGLP5 LP 10.00 COL
ILANGA VISIONS FORTOLD ILGLP2 LP 35.00 COL
JAIROS JIRI BAND JJB STYLE KSALP112 LP 6.00 COL
JAIROS JIRI BAND TANGA WANDIDA 12KSA260 12in 5.00 COL
JAMES CHIMOMBE BEST OF - LEDGENDS OF ZIMBABWEAN MUSIC ZIM6 CD 11.99 COL
JAMES CHIMOMBE AND O.C.B. MUNAKANDAFA ZIL218 LP 0.00 COL
Great music and song from the late lamented James Chimombe and his Ocean City Band. recorded back in 1987 and an album that is definitely up for an Old is Gold award from me. 1. MUNAKA NDAFA
2. RUDO
3. KANA NDADA MUNHU
4. JONAH
5. USANDISIYE
6. MUCHITI MUGERE
7. JIKINYA
8. DENGA
JAMES CHIMOMBE AND THE OCEAN CITY BAND MAVANGA ZIL210 LP 10.00 COL
A lovely album from the late James Chimombe and his Ocean City Band made way back in 1986. 1. SIYA WAWONEKA
2. CHIVIMBA NEMWENI
3. MUJUBEKI
4. MASUTU
5. MAITIRO ANGU
6. VANHU
7. ZVIYEDZO
8. MAVANGA
JIT JIVE ZIMBABWEAN STREET PARTY SSPCD039 CD 14.80 COL
JOHN CHIBADURA THE BEST OF JOHN CHIBADURA CDZIL300 CD 12.50 COL
Track list: Mukadzi Wamakandiroorera, Mutumwa, Huya Tiwirirane, Yemurawo, Munondishora, Ndichafa Ndiri Bhachura, Kukura Kurerwa, Nyarara Zvako, Mitemo Yaba, Mumwe Nemumwe. [10T/70M]
JOHN CHIBADURA THE GREAT MR CHITUNGWIZA CDZIL342 CD 12.50 COL
1. CHIIKO
2. MUKADZI WAMAKANDIROORERA
3. MAINTANANCE
4. RUDO RWECHOKWADI
5. NDICHAFA NDIRI BACHURA
6. MAKOROKOTO
7. ZUVA RAWAKANDIDA
8. SARA UGARIKE
9. VENGAI
10. 5000 DOLLARS KUROORA
11. PFUMA YENHAKA
12. HANDICHAZVIITA
JOHN CHIBADURA AND TEMBO BROTHERS $5000 (KUROORA) ZIL216 LP 7.00 COL
JOHN CHIBADURA AND TEMBO BROTHERS MUNHU HANA CHAKANAKA ZIL231 LP 25.00 COL
JOHN CHIBADURA AND TEMBO BROTHERS NDIRIMUHONDO ZC239 TC 7.00 COL
JOHN CHIBADURA AND TEMBO BROTHERS PITIKOTI GOVERNMENT ZIL252 LP 7.00 COL
JOHN CHIBADURA AND TEMBO BROTHERS SANGO RINOPA WANETA TELCD2431 CD 12.95 COL
1. SANGO RINOPA WANETA
2. AMBUYA NDIREREIWO
3. MUVAKIDZANI WANGU
4. PESHI
5. NDINI NDAKAKURERA
6. SINDIWE
JOHN CHIBADURA AND TEMBO BROTHERS UPENYU HWANDINETSA ZIL206 LP 0.00 COL
Stunning stuff with the guitars cascading notes in all directions. Lovely vocals and great tunes make for a really beautiful album which was made way back in 1985. Just have a listen. 1. UPENYU
2. MOMBE YEHUMAI
3. NDATAMBURA
4. DZIMBA MBIRI
5. RUMBIDZAI
6. KUSHAYA MBEREKO
7. NGATISHANDE
8. MWANA ASIRIWAKO
JOHN CHIBADURA AND TEMBO BROTHERS YAMBIRO CDZIL509 CD 12.95 COL
1. RUDO RUNOKOSHA
2. DHIYA WANGU
3. TSIGA MWANA
4. KURERA MWANA ASIRIWAKO
5. TEZVARA
6. SHUNGU DZANGU
7. CHIMESOMESO
8. HAMADZANGU
9. AMAI NDOENDA
10. BY BYE BABA VAPATIENCE
11. TENDA MIDZIMU YAKA
12. WANDINOVIMBA NAYE
JOHN CHIBADURA AND THE TEMBO BROTHERS KUGARIKE TANGENHAMO ZIL212 LP 35.00 COL
Another superb album from John and the Brothers. Great dancefloor beat with magic guitar and wonderful vocals. What more could you want. 1. KUGARIKA TANGENHAMO
2. AMAI VANGU
3. WIRIRANAYI
4. MUKWASHA
5. CHISI CHAKO
6. SHIRAH
7. CHISINGAPERE
8. VATEZVARA
JOHN KAZADI AND THE SPIDERS SHAMWARI WANGU MDALP06 LP 10.00 COL
Must be a rare one as my entry is the only mention on the web of this artist. A cracking set of tracks which according to the LP includes the track Vemazuva Ano, but if you play it then it it missing. Strange to get a purely instrumental track and stranger still that it has no other name but Instrumental and it is also my favorite track which once heard you can't stop humming. Wonderful. ( F.T.Index: Instrumental, Susana, Rose, Angeline, Shamwari Wangu, Vakwasha. ) [6T/41M]
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA FOLLOW THE CROCODILE OH1 LP 6.00 COL
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA GREATEST HITS SUH1033 LP 7.00 COL
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA MASVINGO NE CARPET ZML1028 LP 10.00 COL
Jonah and the band on top form with this super smooth set of songs. The guitars are pure magic as they weave their tinkling spell on you and mix that with some very sweet vocals and a stunning brass section and you have a simply superb album. 1. MASVINGO NE CARPET
2. HUYAI MOSE
3. NGATISHANDEI PAMWE
4. VICTORIA FALLS
5. UNOBUDA NEPI
6. NDAKAFADZA HERE
7. UCHAENDEPI
8. NDOCHEMA NAANI
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA NDABVEZERA ZML1046 LP 25.00 COL
1. NDABVEZERA
2. VAIT\MBIRA BINDURA
3. MARONDERA
4. NDASHAYA ANONDIDA
5. NDIYAMUREI
6. VHAILET
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA NDATAMBURA NEWE ( SUH1040 ) ZML1026 LP 25.00 COL
A top selling album featuring hits Ndatambura Newe which the album is named after and Taxi Driver. Great vocals and even greater guitar playing. Just have a listen. 1. NDATAMBURA NEWE
2. FARAI NA PESVU
3. NDICHAFA NEWE
4. YES YES
5. TAXI DRIVER
6. BABA MUCHAZVIREGA
7. USAENDE KUDHOROBHA
8. CHIMUSORO
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA SABHINA ZML1001 LP 7.00 COL
Tracks: Sabhina, Shamwari Yangu John, Devera Ngwena Zhimozhi No 2, Nhayi Gremmah Wepamoyo, Vanu Venyu Tauya, Ndizvire, Saka Vapiro, Tabvavo Kumashaba No 2, Takauya Zvachose, Mukadzi Wangu.
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA TINOIMBIRA RUNYARARO 12ZIM435 12in 5.00 COL
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA WAPUSA WAPUSA ZML1031 LP 7.00 COL
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND SHANGO NDI LASHU Vol. 33 CDGMP41008 CD 10.95 COL
1. NDONI LINDELA
2. AWU LUNGHANGA
3. MBUYA NDOENDA
4. ZUNGU IWE
5. KHOTSI A MATI
6. SHANGO NDI LASHU
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND TSAVA TSAVA GOLDEN REMIXES CDGRAMMA197 CD 10.95 COL
This album is a pleasant compilation as it reflects the time shortly after independence when young couples were happy, free and thus chose to get married in a new and promising country. Devera Ngwena Jazz Band were the main attraction, so popular that you could hear them being played at weddings or downtown shops through the loud speakers that were usually placed outside the entrance. They were the trendiest thing around and so this music portrays that period. Personally I was beginning to forget some of the tunes as I haven't been in Zimbabwe for so long and am influenced today by other cultures around me. However, as a true Zimbabwean I have a love of Devera Ngwena Jazz Band, especially their old numbers. This album of re-mixes is a real party album!

Some of the artists from Zimbabwe that you have available on Natari website, as far as I am concerned were produced at a time when Zimbabwe was still discovering how to develop in the music scene, some of the material was released as 'experimental' as African-modern music hit the scene while the country was still under colonial rule. When the country gained it's independence rhythms that were exsistent before the country's time were thereafter gradually developed that today make Zimbabwean rhumba/the music of Zimbabwe very unique. Unfortuneately some of the really good artists have just disappeared from the music scene for various reasons etc.. but Jonah Moyo and the Band, well they're something else!

My thanks to Peter Chikasha over in Sweden for the above. To have a place in my collection it must have been pretty good even if it was experimental.
1. FULLSTOP
2. NDAFUNGA MAKARE
3. LOVE, PEACE AND HAPPINESS
4. HATIMBONYARA
5. WAKANDICHEKA NERAKAGOMARA
6. USAMUBATE
7. MAMUONA
8. TAMBA CHIZUKURU
9. REGINAH WAENDA
JONAH SITHOLE SABHUKU - LEGENDS OF ZIMBABWE Vol I ZIM4 CD 11.99 COL
JORDAN CHATAIKA AND HIS THREE SISTERS MASHOKO AMWARI JFLP1001 LP 10.00 COL
Jordan Chataika (b 1939 d 1985) has been described as the godfather of Zimbabwean gospel music. Guitarist and singer Jordan started in the early 1960s when most Christians still considered nomadic guitarists like Chataika as unholy? He persevered and during the fight for independence he became well known for his songs which were seen as anti government. After independence he also became a part-time radio presenter and often shared the stage with Oliver Mtukudzi and the late David 'Mr Bulk' Chiyangwa, both gospel musicians of note. The Time Wasters who provide the backing music to this album are actually Rob Mtukudzi and Pick Kasamba. ( T.Index: Hatina Musha, Kana Manzwa Izwi Rashe, Nyiki Yakanakisa, Jesu Muponisi, Makanaka Jesu, Ndinosuwa Denga, Ndiye Jesu Zvoshamisa, Mumhanzi Uri Kudenga, Garai Neni Baba. ) [9T/40M] Track: Garai Neni Baba
JOSEPH MUTERO AND AFRICA SOUNDS TIRI VADOKO ZML1039LP LP 10.00 COL
Great album that was released back in 1989. I can't tell you anything about the artist as there is abolutely nothing in any of my books and virtually nothing except my own entry on the web. So have a listen and be amazed. 1. TIRI VADOKO
2. NYARADZAI MWANA
3. MAPENZI HAAPERI
4. RIVA RINENGOZI
5. CHIPATAPATA
6. MA CRECHE
KASSONGA BAND KUGUTA KUSHANDA VOL.3 TEC2149 TC 10.00 COL
The singing is pretty good but the guitars are just wonderful on this rather rare album. Rare? Well you try and find another mention of it anywhere on the world wide web. [8T/44M] 1. KUGUTA KUSHANDA
2. TAKABVIRA KARE
3. VUKUBWA WAINCHI
4. MWARI BABA
5. NHAYI MUKOMA WANGU
6. IMWI VANHU WOYE
7. NHAMO HURU
8. SISI HATUNA FEZA
KETAI AND THE SIMBA BOTHERS KUDAI URIWE MUSI825 LP 7.00 COL
KETAI AND THE SIMBA BROTHERS SHINGIRIRA MUSI810 LP 7.00 COL
KETAI AND THE SIMBA BROTHERS WANDIBAYA MUSI819 LP 7.00 COL
KHIAMA BOYS SINGLES COLECTION Vol 1 - MABHAUWA ZCD123 CD 12.50 COL
A lovely album with a steady thudding beat overlaid by sparkling guitars and some very nice singing. 1. MABHAUWA
2. ABALE ANGA
3. NHAMO
4. NDINE ZVINONDINETSA
5. MWANA WANGU WAKURA
6. NDIRI MUNHAMO
7. MWANA UME
8. KUPEREKA MONI
9. HUPENYU
10. VANA MUKOMA
11. HANZVADZI YANGU
KHIAMA BOYS THE BEST OF KHIAMA BOYS ZCD177 CD 10.95 COL
A rather nice compilation taken from albums shown after the tracks. 1. KUBVA KURE from L4JLP1014
2. MABHAUWA from ZC123
3. NDINE MUBVUNZO from L4JLP1052
4. MABVI NAMAGOKORA from L4JLP1044
5. CHIKUMBIRO from L4JLP1037
6. KUVA NEMARI from L4JLP1024
7. KUTAMBURA from L4JLP1020
8. SHAMISO from ZC124
9. MUSORO WEMBA from L4JLP1062
10. RUREGERERO from L4JLP1062
KWEJANI BAND KWEJANI BAND ZIL215 LP 35.00 COL
LEONARD DEMBO VERY BEST OF LEONARD DEMBO ZCD113 CD 12.50 COL
A really nice set of tracks with plenty of beat and gorgeous guitar play but not a lot of vocals. Here are the albums from which they originally came from: Shamwari Yangu Warova from Tinokumbira Kurarama. Venenziya from Singles Collection. Dudzai from Singles Collection Vol 2. Chitekete from Chitekete. Manager from Kuziva Mbuya Huudzwa. Sharai from Sharai. Zll-Zll from Singles Collection Vol 2. Murombo from Singles Collection. Kukura Hukutane from Singles Collection Vol 2. 1. SHAMWARI YANGU WAROVA
2. VENENZIYA
3. DUDZAI
4. CHITEKETE
5. MANAGER
6. SHARAI
7. ZII-ZII
8. MUROMBO
9. KUKURA HAKUTANE
LEONARD DEMBO AND BARURA EXPRESS KUKURA KWEDU KSALP123LP LP 8.00 COL
LEONARD DEMBO AND BARURA EXPRESS MAI NEVANA VAVO KSALP103 LP 35.00 COL
LEONARD DEMBO AND BARURA EXPRESS MAZANO CDGMP40404 CD 11.99 COL
LEONARD DEMBO AND BARURA EXPRESS NHAMO MOTO KSALP114 LP 35.00 COL
LEONARD DEMBO AND BARURA EXPRESS NZUNGU NDAMENYA CDGMP40531 CD 11.99 COL
The original Zimbabwe produced CD album CD1002 had some quite different spellings from this South African one by Gallo. The first two tracks were the same but the third was - Munovenga Mudzimai Wangu and the fourth was - Ndibasireiwo Ndanzwa 1. NZUNGU NDAMENYA
2. KUKURA MUMHU
3. MUNOVENGA MUDZIMRI
4. NDIBATSIREIWO NDANZA
LEONARD DEMBO AND BARURA EXPRESS PARUMANO - CHIDIKI CHAUNACHO TENDA 12KSA261 12in 3.00 COL
LEONARD DEMBO AND BARURA EXPRESS PAW PAW CDGMP40574 CD 10.00 COL
1. PAW PAW
2. ZORORA WAWANA
3. TSIKA DZINOKOSHA
4. MUSHA RUDZIKO
LEONARD DEMBO AND BARURA EXPRESS RUVA RASHE KSALP125 LP 8.00 COL
LEONARD DEMBO AND BARURA EXPRESS SHIRI YAKANGWARA CDGMP40648 CD 11.99 COL
LEONARD K ZHAKATA GOTWE CDTPLZ1 FORMAT £ 8.00
Zhakata is one of Zimbabwe's top song writers but has been in the wilderness with no airplay on Zimbabwean radio since 2006, having upset the government with his calls for freedom on the airwaves. This album released in 2011 marked his comeback and topped the charts. 1. IT'S GOOD FOR US
2. SIMUDZA MUREZA
3. MAZVIITA
4. DAMBURA MBABVU
5. MISODZI YERUDO
6. MUVHIMI NYAKUSHAVA
7. NDIRIWUTO
8. UCHANDIPA MENDURU
9. RIMA RAPERA
LEONARD K ZHAKATA HODHO CDKLZ12 CD 12.00 COL
Top rated star from 90's Zimbabwe with a run of hit songs. Solid beat and tinkling guitars will bring back memories of earlier times. Good vocals and very very danceable. 1. MIRIRA NGUVA
2. PAMUSVITSWA
3 MGOMA YENHARO (STRUGGLE)
4. MENDURU
5. WARRIOR
6. RANGARIRA (REMIX)
LEONARD K ZHAKATA MUBIKIRA CDKLZ11 CD 12.00 COL
Straight in to the opening guitars and I was being reeled in hook, line and sinker. If you don't beleive me then have a listen yourself. Magic through and through. 1. SAKUNATSA
2. NDOFARA SEI
3 .HAPPY BIRTHDAY
4. RWENDO RWEMBIRI
5. IKODZERO YAKO
6. SMALL HOUSE
7. KAKINGDOM KEVAVIRI
LEONARD K ZHAKATA NDINGAITE SEI? CDKLZ7 CD 12.00 COL
1. KANDIRENDIRE
2. CHIDO NDINACHO
3. KINGDOM YAVAVIRI
4. YOPA INSTRUMENTAL
5. HANDINA WANGU
6. MUSADAROBA
7. NDINOZIVEYI ZVANGU
8. YOPA
LEONARD K ZHAKATA PAKUYAMBUKA CDKLZ8 CD £ 12.00
Another wonderful album from Zhakata who is one of Zimbabwe's top song writers. The music joyfully bounces along with a solid beat and nice vocals and guitar accompaniment throughout. Released in 1999. 1. CHIUYAKA
2. NDOZVAMADA
3. TODYA TESE
4. AITA CHAKE (HOMBARUME)
5. CHIBINGAIDZO
6. CHITUBU CHERUDO
LOVEMORE MAJAIVANA ISONO SAMI CDMUSI873 CD 12.50 COL
Lovemore was born in 1954 in Gweru in central Zimbabwe but is best known in the southwest as one of Bulawayo’s most popular musicians. He started as a drummer at the age of 15 and then moved to Harare singing Western songs. Today he sings mostly in Ndebele or Zulu with a strong and clear voice. This was his last album released in 2001 before he emigrated to the U.S.A. 1. XOLANI
2. ISONO SAMI
3. YINGWE BANI
4. ANGILA MALI
5. NAMHILA KWENZEJANI
6. BAKHATHAZ'UMOYA WAMI
7. ISIZUNGU
8. ISONO SAMI (IMBONGI) Version.
MACHANIC MANYERUKE GARAI MURUDO CDGRAMMA190 CD 10.95 COL
Although the original guitar led backing group has been invaded by modern day electronics you can't knock it. Machanic's voice is on top form and the tunes are just as fresh sounding. Loved tracks 3 - 6 especially. 1. NDIRI PANO BABA
2. WAKATENDEKA
3. CHURU CHOMUNYU
4. TISAVENGANE ZIMBABWE
5. WAKO NDIYANI
6. SHOKO MUNINIVHA
7. BABA NDADZOKA
8. JESU KUVAKURU
9. GAMUCHIRAI JESU
10. INYASHA DZAMWARI
11. BABA VEDU VARI KEDENGA
12. GORE REJUBHERI
MACHANIC MANYERUKE AND THE PURITANS KANA VATSVENE VOPINDA COOK025 LP £ 10.00
Lovely 10 track album that took 8 of the 10 tracks from NDLP17. 1. KANA VATSVENE VOPINDA
2. NDOFARA
3. ZVANDAIVA MUTADZI ZVANGU
4. NDIANI ACHANDI UDZA
5. JESU UNOMUTSA RAZARO
6. CAIN NA ABEL
7. JESU PAMUCHINJIKWA
8. ZAKEWU
9. JONAH WENINIVHA
10. MWARI WAKANKA
MACHANIC MANYERUKE AND THE PURITANS NDEYEIKO NYAYA IYO NDLP25 LP 10.00 COL
Recorded at Shed Studios back in 1989 this lovely album of softly sung gospel features a couple of surprise make overs, one of which is Auld Langs Syne would you believe. ( F.T.Index: Shoko Ramambo Jesu, Ndeyeiko Nyaya Iyo, Riripo Gomo, Nyarara Kuchema, Haanganyadzise Chokwadi, Mufudzi Ndiye Jusu, Igazi Lakhe, Tsitsi Dzajesu, Munomutsvakireiko Jusu, Haangashandire Satani. ) [10T/44M] Track: Nyarara Kuchema
MACHANIC MANYERUKE AND THE PURITANS ZAKEWU NDLP17 LP £ 10.00
Beautiful LP that gave 8 of its 10 track to the set on COOK025. 1. NDOFARA
2. ZAKEWU
3. CAIN NA ABEL
4. KANA VATSVENE VOPINDA
5. NDIYANI ACHANDIUDZA
6. PETRO ANORAMBA
7. ZVANDAIVA MUTADZI ZVANGU
8. JESU PAMUCHINJIKWA
9. JONAH WENINIVHA
10. MAIWE MUPONSI WANGU
MARSHAL MUNHUMUMWE AND FOUR BROTHERS MBEREKO YAKARAMBA CDZIL268 CD 25.00 COL
1. MBEREKO YAKARAMBA
2. NDIVUMBAMIREIWO
3. TAKABVA NEKO
4. CHAWANZWA USACHIPAMHIDZIRE
5. CHANDAGONA NDIPEMBEDZEIWO
6. TICHAKUNDA CHETE
7. SHUNGU HADZIURAYE
MARXIST BROTHERS GREATEST HITS OF EARLY MUSIC CDMUSI844 CD 13.95 COL
1. DENDERA RESANGO
2. SUSANA
3. SEKURU NDIPEIWO ZANO
4. MUDZIMU NDIRINGE
5. MWANA WEDANGWE
6. MUMWE WANGU
7. AFRICA
8. CHIRIKADZI
9. DENDA
10. KUNJERE KUNJERE
11. NDIYAMURE MUKOMA
12. GOODBYE SANDRA
MARXIST BROTHERS - ORCH. DENDERA KINGS DENDERA RESANGO MUSI900 LP 6.00 COL
MASAI SAI BROTHERS SHUNGU DZANGU / MBIRI YAYENDA ZMA218 7in 10.00 COL
Tymon Mabaleka produced it and David. Scobie engineered it at Shed Studios for Z.M.C. Production in 1989. A. SHUNGU DZANGU
B. MBIRI YAYENDA
MASAI SAI BROTHERS VAKASUNGWA NA SATINI / BARTIMEO ZMA217 7in 10.00 COL
Tymon Mabaleka produced it and David. Scobie engineered it at Shed Studios for Z.M.C. Production in 1989. A. VAKASUNGWA NA SATINI
B. BARTIMEO
MAX MAPFUMO AND JUPITER KINGS SHINGA / USAITA CHIRAMWA ZMC3 7in 0.00 COL
Max Mapfumo wrote it. Tymon Mabaleka produced it and H. Peters engineered it at Shed 1 Studios for Z.M.C. Production in 1988. A. SHINGA
B. USAITA CHIRAMWA
MAX MAPFUMO AND JUPITER KINGS USANDIKANGANWA / MUNENGOZI ZMC4 7in 0.00 COL
Max Mapfumo / C. Richard wrote them. Tymon Mabaleka produced it and H. Peters engineered it at Shed 1 Studios for ZMC Production in 1988. A. USANDIKANGANWA
B. MUNENGOZI
MAZAI MBIRA GROUP NYAMAROPA NHIMUTIMU ZML1036LP LP 6.50 COL
MITCHELL JAMBO AND MARUNGA BROS NDINDTENDO KSALP131 LP 6.50 COL
NAISON CHIMBETU AND DENDERA KINGS CHARINGA CDMUSI895 CD 10.95 COL
'Dr Nero' Naison Chibetu and Brothers Backed by Dendera Kings to give it it's full title. 1. CHARINGA
2. NHAKA
3. MABIKO
4. EMMA
5. TETE
6. HAPPINESS
NEWMAS KUNATSA AND ERIN MACDONNELL TAPITI......MAHORORO ( MBIRA MUSIC ) NKEM1 TC £ 5.00
Ten wonderful tracks of traditional Mbira, Hosho and Drum music from Newmas and his former pupil Erin. They called themselves 'Tapiti' which translates as 'Typewriter'. They sang songs for children, hunting, harvesting and even rainmaking, bringing them all to life with the beautiful sound of their Mbira playing. Newmas was a subsistence farmer by day and gifted musician and teacher by night. He farmed near the Shinje river in the upper Gurure region of the country and his compositions reflected the simplicity and serenity of life there. He toured with Erin as far a field as Sidmouth and Singapore and will be sadly missed by all who heard him play.
NYAMI NYAMI SOUNDS KWIRA MUDENGA ZML1030 LP 10.00 COL
From the Kariba region of Northern Zimbabwe, the band was formed in the 1980s as a youth band called the Angoni Family. They eventually progressed from covers to playing their own music and renamed themselves Nyami Nyami Sounds after a Shona river God. Released in 1986, this album has a superb sound all round with stunning guitar work backed by an infectious beat and great vocals. Have a listen. 1. NDIANI APISA MOTO
2. PARUFU RWENYU
3. LINDA
4. VARI KUMHEPO
5. TUCKSHOP
6. CHAKANETSA
7. JIMMY
NYAMI NYAMI SOUNDS THE BEST OF NYAMI NYAMI SOUNDS ZCD120 CD 10.95 COL
Another very nice compilation. 1. FUNDO INOKOSHA
2. ZVIRINANI TIRAMBANE
3. DAKA
4. DHORA RANGU
5. HUPENYU HWAKASIYANA SIYANA
6. KUPEREKEDZA MUCHATO
7. KUKUDZA VABEREKI
8. NDIANI APISA MOTO
9. HUPENYU HAUTENGWE
10. CHITSVA CHIRIMURUTSOKA
11. MWANA HAARASWE
12. NDAKAMBOKUYAMBIRA
13. RUKAHO (RUNYOKA)
OCEAN CITY BAND LYDIA Pt. 1 / LYDIA Pt. 2 ZMA219 7in 10.00 COL
P. Svosve wrote it. Tymon Mabaleka produced it and David. Scobie engineered it at Shed Studios for Z.M.C. Production in 1989. A. LYDIA Pt. 1
B. LYDIA Pt. 2
OCEAN CITY BAND MAKANDIPEI / ZUVA ZMA220 7in £ 10.00
P. Svosve wrote it. Tymon Mabaleka produced it and David. Scobie engineered it at Shed Studios for Z.M.C. Production in 1989. A. MAKANDIPEI
B. ZUVA
OLIVER MTUKUDZI VHUNZE MOTO PUT1992 CD 11.99 COL
OLIVER MUTUKUDZI DZAKAITA MUKUSUMBISA NA. TUKU ZIL246 LP 10.00 COL
OLIVER MUTUKUDZI HWEMA HANDIRASE BL479 LP 0.00 COL
A golden oldie from 1984 and I still think some of his best music. This is just classic. 1. HWEMA HANDIRASE
2. MUMWEYA
3. NDANGA NDABAIWA
4. CHAMAIFIRA CHII?
5. MUSAORE MOYO
6. RODA REMOYO
7. GEHENA
8. BABA
9. NDOMUTEVERA
10. UMSHAMWARI
OLIVER MUTUKUDZI PSSS PSSS HALLO CSLP5005 LP 6.50 COL
A compilation album culled from the albums Strange, isn't it? and Nyanga Yenzou 1. STRANGE, ISN'T IT?
2. I DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU
3. ZINDOENDA
4. TARIRAI
5. NGWARAI VANA VANGU
6. MUNOSHUSHA
7. NDITENDEREIWO
8. PSSS PSSS HALLO
9. PWERE NEVER LIE
10. RUGARE RWAMANGWANA
OLIVER MUTUKUDZI SHOKO PIR30-2 CD £ 12.50
OLIVER MUTUKUDZI WAWONA ZIL214 LP 8.00 COL
With new backing group the Zig Zag Band and Fanyana Dube playing saxophone on Hubaba.1987 1. MUKOMBE
2. WAWONA
3. HAMUNYARE
4. MONDISHOREI
5. HUBABA
6. KUSHAYA MWANA
7. HATIMBOTYA
8. UNODADA NEI?
OLIVER MUTUKUDZI ZIWERE MUKOBENHAVEN SHAVACD001-2 CD 13.20 COL
Recorded in Copenhagen during the 'Images of Africa 93 Festival'- hence the title. As soon as you hear those guitars strike up you'll be hooked. 'Tuku' as Oliver calls his style is a combination of Shona mbira rhythms and mbaqanga with a bit of gospel for good measure. The new recording of is his chimerenga super hit 'Ndipeiwo Zano' is superb and the gospel based 'Hear me Lord' will have you singing along in no time. Superb. (F.T.Index: Ndipeiwo Zano, Ziwere, Ndirangarirei, Hear Me Lord, Ndikarangarira, Kutaziva. ) [8T/52M]
OLIVER MUTUKUDZI AND BLACK SPIRITS MUROYI NDIANI BL229 LP 35.00 COL
A real golden oldie from 1980 and another classic. 1. MUROYI NDIANI
2. CHIIKO CHIKONZERO
3. KURERA MBWA
4. THE ONLY TWO
5. MATIREGERERA
6. SHUWA NYANISI
7. AMAI VACHIPO
8. ZVAKAMIRA SEIKO
9. NDANYARARA
10. PLEASE DON'T GO
11. NDIUDZE NDIUDZE
12. HUPENYU HAUNA NKAKA
PATRICK MKWAMBA AND THE FOUR BROTHERS TONOSANGANA IKOKO KSALP104 LP 0.00 COL
A cracker of an album with the guitars cascading notes in all directions while the drummer sets a throbbing pace trying to keep up. The harmonious vocals are beautifully sung with Patrick taking the lead and the Brothers with perfect timing providing the backing. Truely exceptional and a must have in every Zimbabwe collection. (8T/38M) 1. WAPENGA NAYO BONUS
2. VAKAKUNDA ZVIEDZO
3. KUBHAWA HANDIGARE
4. EMERIYA USANYENGEDZWE
5. MOMBE YOUMAI
6. URI TSOTSI
7. NDATENDEUKA
8. MWANA WANDAIDA KUROORA
PAUL MATAVIRE AND JAIROS JIRI BAND DHIABHOROSI NYOKA 12KSA230 12in 3.00 COL
PAUL MATAVIRE AND JAIROS JIRI BAND MATAVIRE MBUNE KSALP126 LP 20.00 COL
1. CHIPUKA NDIPE MWENJE
2. CHRISTMAS YASWEDERA
3. UMTOMBO WEGAZI
4. UNONDIDIREI
5. KUPINDANA KWAMAZUVA
6. WAPUNYAIRA
PETRO NA JOHANE MWARI ITAI SEKUFUNGA KWENYU / VAROORA VEMAZUVA ANO ZMA229 7in 0.00 COL
G. Manyemba produced it and Chris Bolton engineered at Frontline Studios for Musi-Oa-Tunya in 1989. A. MWARI ITAI SEKUFUNGA KWENYU
B. VAROORA VEMAZUVA ANO
REAL SOUNDS 7 MILES HIGH BIG1 LP £ 7.00
REAL SOUNDS HARARE ZML1015 LP 20.00 COL
1. KAPINGA
2. OZWELI NGAI MBANDA
3. BANINGA
4. HARARE
5. CHAMUNORWA
6. DYNAMOS VERSUS CAPS (0 - 0)
REAL SOUNDS MARUME WANGU 12ZIM350 12in 3.00 COL
REAL SOUNDS NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT 12ZM400 12in 3.00 COL
REAL SOUNDS WENDE ZAKO COOKC004 TC 7.00 COL
ROBSON BANDA AND NEW BLACK EAGLES GREATEST HITS 1 - LEDGENDS OF ZIMBABWE ZIM5 CD 11.99 COL
ROBSON BANDA AND NEW BLACK EAGLES SOWETO KSALP113LP LP 7.00 COL
ROBSON BANDA AND THE NEW BLACK EAGLES NGOMA NGAIRIRE KSALP121LP LP 10.00 COL
Pure magic as Robson and the group go through a superb set of tracks. Just listen to those guitars singing........ They just don't make music as good as this anymore. ( F.T.Index: Ngoma Ngairire, Dziva Renjuzu, Kafira Mbira, Ndiwe Wega Mwanangu, Tofara Sei, Baba Vachipo. ) [6T/32M] One copy only, slightly tatty cover but perfect, only played once, vinyl.
SEASIDE BAND JENI / MUKOMA PETER ZMA195 7in 0.00 COL
J. Machiya wrote it. Tymon Mabaleka produced it and A. Muyaruka engineered it for Gramma in 1991. A. SEASIDE BAND - JENI
B. MUKOMA PETER
SIGNATURE BAND MUNYU HAUNA MUSHARU / ZVEMAZUVA ANO ZMA216 7in £ 10.00
P. Mbewe and E. Kashiri wrote them. Gordon Manyemba produced it and Chris Bolton engineered it at Frontline Studios for Z.M.C in 1989. A. MUNYU HAUNA MUSHARU
B. ZVEMAZUVA ANO
SIGNATURE BAND TSAMBA YAMAKANYORA / MUKOMA WANGU WAPERA ZMA215 7in 0.00 COL
S. Zimba and D. Phiri wrote them. Gordon Manyemba produced it and Chris Bolton engineered it at Frontline Studios for Z.M.C in 1989. A. TSAMBA YAMAKANYORA
B. MUKOMA WANGU WAPERA
SIGNATURE BAND YAIVE HONDO / UCHANDIFUNGA ZMA213 7in £ 10.00
P. Mbewe wrote it. Gordon Manyemba produced it and Chris Bolton engineered it at Frontline Studios for Z.M.C in 1989. A. YAIVE HONDO
B. UCHANDIFUNGA
SIMON CHIMBETU AFRICAN PANORAMA CHAPTER 1 CDKSA184 CD £ 11.99
SIMON CHIMBETU LULLABY CDKSA177 CD 10.95 COL
1. VASIYE (LULLABY)
2. TENDA
3. ZIMBABWE
4. DZANDIPEDZA MAFUTA
5. WINDOW
6. COMMA
7. MAMA ELIZABETH
8. SAMANYIKA
9. MARIRANGWE
SIMON CHIMBETU AND MARXIST BROTHERS KARIKOGA CD700 CD 14.80 COL
1. MANDIVAVARIRA
2. MUNDA WEKURIMA
3. GONA REUROYI
4. MAKOROKOTO
5. NDIRI MUSOJA
6. MUMWE WANGA
SIMON CHIMBETU AND ORCH DENDERA KINGS TAKABATANA SLCD041 CD 11.99 COL
SIMON CHIMBETU AND ORCH' DENDERA KINGS BOTEREKWA DALP200LP LP 15.00 COL
More guitar magic from one of Zimbabwe's top groups. Tracks: Usandisiye, Future, Musoro Wachena, Pakati Pegungwa, One Way, Bvuma Mukwasha.
SIMON CHIMBETU AND ORCH' DENDERA KINGS KUIPA CHETE DALP100LP LP 30.00 COL
Great guitar play and magic vocal harmonies throughout and with one of their greatest hits in the form of Kuipa Chete. 1. KUIPA CHETE
2. GOMO RISINA MUCHERO
3. RWENDO RUFERU
4. HATIKANGANWA
5. NGOSI UREMA
6. MANHUNGETUNGE
SIMON CHIMBETU AND ORCH' DENDERA KINGS NGUVA YAKAOMA DALP300 LP 25.00 COL
1. SAMATENGA
2. HONDO
3. LISAIDIYE
4. SPARE WHEEL
5. PASI RAPINDUKA
6. SAMANYIKA
SIMON CHIMBETU AND ORCH. DENDERA KINGS 2000 BLEND CDKSA186 CD 10.95 COL
1. MUDIMAI WANGU
2. NEWSPAPER
3. AFRICA INALIYA
4. MWANA WEDANGWE
5. ONE WAY
6. RUDO IBOFU
7. SEKURU NDIPEIWOZANO
8. SOUTHERN AFRICA
9. SPARE WHEEL
10. KUNJERE KUNJERE
SIMON CHIMBETU AND ORCH. DENDERA KINGS AFRICAN PANORAMA CHAPTER 2 CDKSA187 CD 10.95 COL
1. SIYA MAGUMBEZE
2. CHIMHANDARA
3. NYUCHI YEGONERA
4. DYERA (GREEDY)
5. NDIDZOREREI MOMBE
6. KHAMI ROAD
7. SAMATENGA
8. NGOMA YANDITORA MOYO
9. SHURA
SIMON CHIMBETU AND ORCH. DENDERA KINGS HOKO CDKSA191 CD 12.50 COL
SOLOMON SKUZA LOVE AND SCANDALS ZIL229 LP 20.00 COL
Great album from 1989. (No Cover) 1. LOVE AND SKANDALS
2. SAVE AFRICA
4. PLEA FOR EQUALITY
4. UMAKHUMALO
SOUL BIRDS COST OF LIVING XKDZ223 12in 5.00 COL
SPIRIT TALK MBIRA GROUP NDONGA MAHWE - RETURN AS SPIRIT STPCD04 CD £ 11.95
Chartwell Dutiro is a leading player of one of Africa's most powerful melodic instruments - the mbira. He has played for spirit mediums at many ceremonies in Zimbabwe over the last twenty years but is probably better known abroad for his mbira and sax playing with Thomas Mapfumo's Blacks Unlimited. His international group Spirit Talk Mbira consists of four mbiras combined with voices and the sound of hosho, or rattle. Recorded in London where Chartwell now lives, listening to the intricate sounds of the softly tinkling mbiras is just heavenly. (F.T.Index: Mahororo, Mukariba, Bukatiende. )[9T/62M]
STELLA CHIWESHE AMBUYA 65006-4 TC £ 6.50
SUNGURA BOYS TASARIRA NHAMO JLP1009 LP 30.00 COL
SUNGURA BOYS THE BEST OF THE SUNGURA BOYS TEC2063 TC £ 20.00
Formed in the late 70s the Sungura Boys became very popular in the 1980s. Former members of the band have included John Chibadura, who wrote all the tracks on this compilation. The brothers Simon and Naison Chimbetu of the Marxist Brothers. Michael Jambo of the Zimbabwe Cha Cha Kings and the Marunga Brothers. Ephraim Joe who joined the Khiama Boys before going solo. 1. LUCIA (Pt. 1)
2. LUCIA (Pt. 2)
3. CHITUMBIRA KURE
4. VADSIMU TIONEWO
5. ROORA WAFUNGA
6. MUNHU WESE
7. JANE
8. KUPA KURE NHERERA
9. MUKOMA EDMORE
10. MAI BETTY
THE FOUR BROTHERS MAKOROKOTO COOKC014 TC 4.95 COL
THE FOUR BROTHERS MUKADZI WEPIRI KSALP129 LP 10.00 COL
Released in 1990 this album is packed from end to end with that lovely guitar playing that the Brothers are famous for. Just listen to them go on 'Zvakona' and 'Tezvara'. A really wonderful album that shouldn't be missed. 1. MUKADZI WEPIRI
2. CHIDHAKWA
3. MAZITA NEZVIITO
4. ZVAKONA
5. CHIROORA
6. TEZVARA
7. MUSANDODARO
8. CHANDAVENGERWA
THE GREEN ARROWS 4 TRACK RECORDING SESSION ALU2001 CD 13.15 COL
The Green Arrows, lead by the immortal Zexie Manatsa, dominated the Zimbabwean music scene in the 1970s. This extraordinarily progressive group took the country by storm, fusing the different rhythms of the region into one unique and ebullient sound. A milestone in Zimbabwean music history. This compilation presents 20 remastered tracks (1974-1979) and a 24-page booklet overflowing with a complete history of the band, a full detailed discography, and numerous extremely rare photographs and artifacts.
THE MUDDY FACE NHAMO YEHUROJA SUH1051 LP 0.00 COL
Released back in 1987 by Gramma as KSALP 117 and for Zimbabwe music fans this album can only be described as totally essential. Throbbing beat with great guitars and super singing. 1. NHAMO YEHUROJA
2. MUCHAUYA RINI
3. HANGAIWA
4. MAKUNAKUNA
5. MANHUNGETUNGE
6. JERUSAREMA
THE MUDDY FACE TENDA KUMIDZIMU YAKO KSALP108 LP 10.00 COL
Another of those groups from the old days that you only ever come across as a single track on a compilation album. Why? They are just gorgeous, great vocals, foot stomping drumming and guitars to die for. The last track has gone onto my all time great song CDR collection straight away and the rest will probably follow. It's a cracker. [44M] 1. TENDA KUMIDZIMU YAKO
2. KUMBIRA UCHAPIHWA
3. KUMBERI KWAKAIPA
4. NDATOKUPA MOYO WANGU
5. UKAFA UCHAENDEPIKO
6. VANASIKANA IMI
THERESA AND AWENDILA MABANGHENI MUSI807 LP £ 35.00
A nice and quite catchy album from Theresa and Awendila which came with a plain black sleeve and no details except that it was recorded at Musi Oa Tunya Studios back in 1990. I couldn't find anything else about the artists or the music anywhere else on the net so if anybody has any info I would love to hear it. Info from Nyasha Makosa: They were a husband and wife from Mozambique and they came to perform in Zimbabwe around 1988 and were popular with their other songs Asande Sana and Reconcilliation. Asande Sana was a hit on Zimbabwean charts radio. Both were military trainees in Tanzania for forces fighting for independence for Mozambique. They sang some songs from Tanzania in Swahili and for their home country of Mozambique in Shangaan. Not heard anything of them since. 1. MABANGHENI
2. ONGENA ZA MAPENZI
3. KINA NA HINA
4. UKALU KUNYATA
5. PENDO LA KWELI
6. KILA MTU NI MTU
7. NYUMBANI KWETU
8. NKONO WAMBONE
THOMAS MAPFUMO 12 FROM 5: COLLECTION VOL. 1 ZCD186 CD 12.50 COL
Compilation from 1. Hoyoyo, 2. Mr Music, 3. Mabasa, 4. Ndangariro and 5. Gwindingwi Rine Shumba. From 1: Hokoyo, Dindingwe, Hwa Hwa. From 2: Kufa Kwangu. From 3: Ndanzwa Ngoma Kurira, Mari, Mabasa, Muchoni. From 4: Nyarara Mukadzi Wangu, Handina Mwana Anozochema. From 5: Shumba, Mhondoro.
THOMAS MAPFUMO 12 FROM 5: COLLECTION VOL. 2 ZCD187 CD 12.50 COL
Compilation from 1. Hoyoyo, 2. Mr Music, 3. Mabasa, 4. Ndangariro and 5. Gwindingwi Rine Shumba. From 1: Mhanndu Musango, Murandu, From 2: Tondobayana, Maria. From 3: Chemera Chaunoda, Usatambe Nenyoka. From 4: Temerina, Nyoka Musango, Kambiri Kaemba, Emma. From 5: Rita, Chitima Cerusununguko.
THOMAS MAPFUMO CHOICE CHIMURENGA SLCD059 CD £ 18.55
THOMAS MAPFUMO COLLECTED (1978-2002) NSCD087 CD 8.80 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO HONDO TIMBU13 CD 11.99 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO MR MUSIC ERT1008 LP 6.50 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO NDANGARIRO CGCD4414 CD 10.95 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO SINGLES COLLECTION ZC111 TC £ 8.00
Recordings from 1976 to 1986. The tape has all the same tracks as the CD ZIM7 plus one that isn't on the CD for some reason - Joyce.
THOMAS MAPFUMO THE CHIMURENGA SINGLES 1976-80 ELP2004 LP 6.50 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1977 1986 ZIM7 CD 20.00 COL
Magic set of tracks from Zimbob but they left off the track Joyce which was on the cassette. 1. PIDIGORI
2. NGOMA YEKWEDU
3. PEMBERAI
4. NYAMUTAMBA NEMOMBE
5. ZEVE ZEVE
6. PACHINYAKARE
7. TAIREVA
8. HARUNA
9. TOMBI WACHENA
10. KUYAURA
11. MADHEBHURA
12. RUVA RANGU
13. DANGURANGU
14. MADIRO
15. TONGOSIENDA
16. MAKANDIWA
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE ACID BAND AFRICAN CLASSICS SLCD168 CD 14.80 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE ACID BAND HOKOYO WATER236 CD 14.80 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED CHIMURENGA EXPLOSION ANON0743 CD 11.99 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED CHIMURENGA FOR JUSTICE ROUGH91 LP 10.00 COL
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ROUGH91 Track. Marondera
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED CHIMURENGA INTERNATIONAL CDTML105 CD 10.95 COL
Cracking album released by Gramma in 1991 that was also re-released under the Zimbob label as Vanhu Vatema in 1994. 1. HANZAVADI
2. NDAKURA
3. CHIPO CHANGU
4. AMAI VEMWANA
5. NDOZVAMAIDA
6. NDINOFARIRA ZIMBABWE
7. ZVENYIKA
8. NDINOTENDA
9. DANDE
10. VANHU VATEMA
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED CORRUPTION CCD9848 CD 20.00 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED GWINDINGWI RINE SHUMBA ASLP5002 LP 7.00 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED MABASA ASLP5004 LP 7.00 COL
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED ZIMBABWE - MOZAMBIQUE TML100 LP 7.00 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS ADVANCE KUSUGARI AFRILP006 LP 15.00 COL
Superb compilation of 1980's Zimbabwe music with some of the lesser known artists featured. 1. KAREKITA - JONAH MOYO & DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND
2. ADVANCE KUSUGAR! - MASTER CHIVERO
3. HATICHINA WEKUTAMBA NAYE - R.U.N.N. FAMILY
4. CHIEDZA - JIROS JIRI BAND
5. BHIZINESI MUDHOROBHA - SAFIRIO MADZIKATIRE WITH THE SEA COTTAGE SISTERS AND THE NEW WORLD BAND
6. MUCHEMBERE WEDU NEHANDA - MASTER CHIVERO AND THE ZIMBABWE MILITIA MBIRA SOUNDS
7. NDICHENI - JIROS JIRI BAND
8. HOMBARUME - JONAH MOYO & DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND
9. ZVATAKADANA ATAISIYANA - SAFIRIO MADZIKATIRE WITH THE SEA COTTAGE SISTERS AND THE NEW WORLD BAND
10. TAURAI ZVENYU - PAUL MATAVIRE & JIROS JIRI BAND
11. WE'MFOWETHU - AMANZI OKUPHILA
VARIOUS ARTISTS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 1984 ZML1021 LP 10.00 COL
A cracking set of songs that have all but the first one escaped the CD compilations of the past few years. 1. VENENZIYA - LEONARD DEMBO AND THE OUTSIDERS
2. ACHEUJE - MBADA JAZZ BAND
3. HUPENYU HAUTENGWE - NYAMI NYAMI SOUNDS
4. KURURA KWANGU - ALFA SOUNDS
5. TARIRA - THE FAMILY SINGERS
6. JOHN MAHWANI - JAKACHAKA BAND
7. WAKANDICHEKA NERAKAGOMARA - DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND
8. PEMBERAI - THOMAS MAPFUMO AND BLACKS UNLIMITED
9. GENESIS 4 VERSE 4 - HURUNGWE SOUNDS
10. B.P. - JAMES CHIMOMBE AND THE O.K. SUCCESS
11. DICKSON - SAFIRIO MADZIKATIRE AND THE SEA COTTAGE SISTERS
12. FURUWA - RISING POWER
VARIOUS ARTISTS EARLY HITS FROM ZIMBABWE ZCD179 CD 12.50 COL
Tracks: Patrick Mukwanba and the Seasons - Usanyara Basa Raunoita. Nyami Nyami Sounds - Chitsva Chirimurutsoka. Four Brothers - Siya Zviriko. Robson Banda and the New Black Eagles - Soweto. Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited - Nyamutamba Nemombe. Harare Mambo Band - Bohera. Manngwe Brothers - Shungu Dzemoyo. Leonard Dembo and Barura Express - Shamwari Yangu Warova. Simon Chimbetu and Orch' Dendera Kings - Ndourawa.
VARIOUS ARTISTS GOODBYE SANDRA AFRILP05 LP 30.00 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS HITS OF ZIMBABWE CDZMC02 CD 12.50 COL
Tracks: Max Mapfumo - Tsvaru from Mutserendende. Ketai and Simba Brothers - Mbengo from Mbengo. Marshall Munhumumwe and Four Bros. - Ndibvumbamireiwo from Mbereko Yakaramba. Edwin Hama - Inxwala from Nzara Chirombo. Ephat Mujuru - Tinokumbira Mvura from Unknown. Bhundu Boys - Jekesa from True Jit. James Chimombe - Muchiti Mugere from Munakandafa. Chamunorwa Lioel Zhakata - Karigoni from Mandishorei. Zig Zag Band - Mudzimu Mukuru from Mudzimu Mukuru. Mazana Movement - Kufa Kwemukuru from Munonzwa Sei. Oliver Mutukudzi - Zimbabwe from Africa. Rita Shonhiwa - Amen from Harvest Time.
VARIOUS ARTISTS INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL ZML1008 LP 10.00 COL
Tracks: Nyami Nyami Sounds - Kusasana, New Black Montana - Mai Vanyembezi, Zexie Manetsa and the Green Arrows - Tiyi Hobvu/Strong Tea, Hosia Chipanga and the Balfour Black Diamonds - Upenyu Hwangu, The Sounds of the Muddy Face - Kilimanjaro, Africa Melody - John Waenda, Patrick Mkwamba and the Four Brothers - Zvinonaka Zvinodhura, Pied Pipers - Amayo, Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited - Ndamutswa Nengoma, Devera Ngwena Jazz Band - Solo Na Mutsai, Zimbabwe Heroes - Samutoko, Safirio Madzikatire and the Sea Cottage Sisters - Katarina,
VARIOUS ARTISTS INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL 1985 SPL101 LP £ 50.00
Lovely album released way back in 1985 to celebrate Independence. Great music with guitars leading all the way. My favorite track has got to be Zuva Radoka from Devera Ngwena. 1. ZAMBUKO - THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED
2. TAIGARA MUMAKOMO - ZIMBABWE AFRICAN NATIONAL UNION
3. AFRICA (LE BUCHERON) - JOHN KAZADI AND THE DESH BAND
4. WATU WOTE - UJAMAA JAZZ BAND
5. WE GO SAY - PIED PIPERS
6. ZUVA RADOKA - DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND
7. INJI YA ZIMBABWE - UJAMAA JAZZ BAND
8. MATICHA - SUPER SOUNDS
9. PAMBERI NECHIKORO - NEW HARD SPIRITS
10. MILITIA - ZIMBABWE MILITIA BAND
VARIOUS ARTISTS ROOTS ROCK GUITAR PARTY STEW40CD CD 12.50 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS SOUND OFFERINGS FROM ZIMBABWE CDZMC08 CD 12.50 COL
Tracks: Mazana movement - Munonzwa Sei. Paul Matavire and The Hit Machine - Ndiri Mujere. Ephat Majuru and The Spirit Of The People - Tambirai Vayeni. Edwin Hama - Dreams Of A Home. Bhundu Boys - Chemedzevana. Zig Zag Band - Vamashuma. Max Mapfumo and Dupiro Crew - Mutserendende. Leonard Zhakata - Baba Vachamunorwa. John Chibadura - Baba Wabaya. King Pharoh (The Flying Mamboo) - Pachinyakare. Lovemore Majaivana - Ngugama. Solomon Skuza - Ilanga Malishona.
VARIOUS ARTISTS TAKE COVER - ZIMBABWE HITS SHAN43045 LP £ 10.00
A super compilation of 1980's Zimbabwe music with some great sounds from some of the lesser known artists and bands of the time. Also some of the big names - love that James Chimombe. 1. TAKE COVER - JAIROS JIRI SUNRISE KWELA BAND
2. KUENDA MBIRE - EPHAT MUJURU AND THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE
3. TARIRA NGUVA - THE FAMILY SINGERS
4. B. P. - JAMES CHIMOMBE AND THE OK SUCCESS
5. JOHN WAENDA - AFRICAN MELODY
6. DICKSON - SAFIRIO MADZIKATIRE AND THE SEA COTTAGE SISTERS
7. GEORGE MUDIWA WANGU - JAMES CHIMOMBE AND THE OK SUCCESS
8. CHIPENDANI - SUPER SOUNDS
9. PAMBERI NAVA JIRI - JAIROS JIRI BAND
10. WAPENGA NAYO BONUS - PATRICK MKWAMBA AND THE FOUR BROTHERS
11. KATARINA - SAFIRIO MADZIKATIRE AND THE SEA COTTAGE SISTERS
12. AMAYO - THE PIED PIPERS
VARIOUS ARTISTS VIBRANT ZIMBABWE ZIM03 CD £ 11.99
Compilation of 13 tracks from 1993 issued in the USA on the ZimBob label. Guitar and Mbira collection with a good mix of artists such as Ephraim Joe of Sungura Boys fame and Busi Ncube of Rain. An exciting showcase of young artists from Zimbabwe's emerging pop generation. Chimurenga, Jit, Zimbabwe Rumba, and soul-searing African Reggae. 1. SARA ZVAKO - JOHN POUNDS
2. IMBA MUKADZI - SHANGARA JIVE
3. SHAMWARI YANGU - EPHRAIM JOE
4. VARIMUDANDE - TRADITIONAL MADNESS
5. ZEVE ZEVE - RAIN
6. WAR, AIDS & ESAP - MAN-SOUL-JAH
7. WAKANDI MOLA - JOHN POUNDS
8. KUNDIDA KWAKO - EPHRAIM JOE
9. TISIYEI SO - JOHN POUNDS
10. WAKANDA SARUDZA - SHANGARA JIVE
11. KWENZENJANI? - RAIN
12. FREEDOM FIGHTER - MAN-SOUL-JAH
13. NHAMO - TRADITIONAL MADNESS
VARIOUS ARTISTS VIVA ZIMBABWE ELP2001 LP 6.00 COL
Devera Ngwena Jazz Band - Solo Na Mutsai, Zvoku Mayadhi. The Four Brothers - Makorokoto. Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited - Ndamutswa Nengoma. New Black Montana - Magumede. Super Sounds - Isalwa Kuchelwa, Monica. Nyami Nyami Sound - Shirley. Patrick Mukwamba and The Four Brothers - Zvinonaka Zvinodhura, Dai Ndiri Shiri. James Chimombe and OK Success - Zvingashure.Elijah Madzikatire and The Brave Sun - Vana Tinogumbura.
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZIMBABWE FRONTLINE EWV9 LP 6.50 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZIMBABWE HITS VOL 9 ZSU1030 TC £ 20.00
They say never to judge a book by its cover and this cassette is a prime example. The very plain looking cover hides a superb set of tracks many of which I can only find here and from artists that I have never even heard of before. 1. VIMBAYI - FOUR BROTHERS
2. VANA VAVENDA - DYNAMIC BROTHERS
3. SELF JOB - ZIMBABWE HEROES
4. RAIYA - UJAMAA JAZZ BAND
5. ALUTA CONTINUA - ECHOING CICADA KANGOPISA
6. FUNDISA UMLOMO WAKHO - DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND
7. NHERERA ZVICHENGETE - THE SOUNDS OF THE MUDDY FACE
8. TOSE TIN KUCHEMA - HURUNGWE SOUNDS
9. KUTSVA KWENDEBVU - JAIROS JIRI BAND
10. VASIKANA - RAIN-THUNDER
VIRGINIA MUKWESHA CHAMU SHAVACD003-2 CD £ 13.20
'Jiti' the rural rock & roll of the Shona people of Zimbabwe gets the treatment from the power packed and gravel voiced Virginia and her chorus. Recorded with the help of Oliver Mutakudzi the music is based on traditional mbira rhythms except for 'Kerebu' which goes back to the time when the drum was king. The traditional sounds of mbira, hosho and ngoma shine out even though the music has been embellished by some marvelous Zimbabwean guitar playing. A smashing album to dance to and when its time to give your tootsies a rest there are copious note to read in the booklet. (F.T.Index: Pegumberere, Madangaruswa, Kerebu, Tongai, Bata Mwana. ) [8T/53M]
ZEXIE MANATSA AND THE GREEN ARROWS SANDURA COMMISSION 12JAB641 12in 5.00 COL
ZIG ZAG BAND VAMANDELA - VAMANDELA (Dub Version) XKDZ220 12in 10.00 COL
Gilbert Samaita wrote it. Tymon Mabaleka produced it and David. Scobie engineered it at Shed Studios for Z.M.C. Production in 1988 on the Kudzanayi label. A. VAMANDELA
B. VAMANDELA (Dub Version)
ZIGZAG BAND CHIGIYO VIBES VOL. 1 CDGRAMMA241 CD 10.95 COL
1. MAKANI
2. SARAH
3. NDIWE MUROYI
4. GOMO RAMASARE
5. MUKWASHA
6. RUDO RWEMARI
7. TOITA SEI?
8. NYARUNDE
9. DZIRAMBI
10. NDIYE WANDINODA
ZIMBABWE CHA CHA CHA KINGS VIMBISO ZML1041LP LP 0.00 COL
Eight wonderful tracks of beautifully played guitars and pulsating drums with softy sung vocals to match. Superb in all departments and one that should be getting a re-release from somebody out there. 1. VIMBISO
2. MARI
3. AMBEWE
4. JIMI SHAMWARI YANGU
5. SOUTH AFRICA
6. MUDIWA LUCY
7. AMAI WANGA
8. ASAKINA
ZIMBABWE TWO STARS (KASONGO BAND) KUDZIDZA HAKUPERI KHON1001 LP 15.00 COL
Recorded at the famous Shed Studios this is an absolute cracker of an album and one that again I had never even opened until someone said they wanted it on CD! The singing is good with nice backing harmonies but the guitaring is outstanding. 1. KUDZIDZA HAKUPERI
2. MUKOMA WACHATA
3. SISI LOICE
4. KOSA YANINI
5. SARA NEMUSHA WAKO
6. RAFIKI
7. 'TRIP' ISINGADZOKWI
8. UPENYU WEMUNHU
ZVISHAVANE SOUNDS MUTONGI GAVA ZML1032 LP 0.00 COL
I bought this in the late 80s with a whole pile of other Zimbabwe albums and somehow never got around to playing this one. What a mistake that was. This album is simply awesome with that lively twangy guitar playing that is the unmistakeable sound of Zimbabwe. Definitely some of the best tunes I have heard from there and the singing from the six strong group is pretty impressive as well. I should really have a dig around in my collection and see what other gems I have hidden away. ( F.T.Index: Mutongi Gava, Veza Mupini, Ipurezha, Inyama Yembongolo, Hukama Igasva, Gerita, Dai Ndakadzidza. ) [7T/43M] Just as a matter of interest I found only two references to this album and group. The LP was listed in the Sterns Guide II and the web listing was my own one! 1. MUTONGI GAVA
2. VEZA MUPINI
3. IPUREZHA
4. INYAMA YEMBONGOLO
5. HUKAMA IGASVA
6. GERITA
7. DAI NDAKADZIDZA


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