Sunday, April 29, 2007

Marrabenta time with Fany Pfumo and friends



Here is the compilation of Mozambican 45s I promised. A number of the tracks are by Fany Pfumo, widely acknowledged as one of the most influencial marrabenta performers. Marrabenta is a style of dance music associated with Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. The name was derived from arrabentar - meaning to break - in the local venacular. The earliest international bands exposing this style to international audiences were Eyuphuru and Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Mozambique.

Mozambique 45s Tracklisting
01. Lesni Wene Unga Xonga: FANY PFUMO
02. Famba Ha Hombe: FANY PFUMO
03. Madjoni: VICTOR BERNARDO
04. Ngongondira: FRANCISCO CUNA
05. Mozungo: SALOMAO TAMELE
06. Omvetti: SALVADORE MAURICIO
07. Khanimambo: FRANCISCO CUNA
08. Morongo: SALOMAO TAMELE
09. Miyela: JAOQUINA SIQUICE
10. Senamuka: PAULO MIAMBO
11. Judit: CONJUNTO SOYUZ
12. Nwananga: TITO CHICHAVA
13. Canto das Criancas: RACHID ISMAEL
14. A Basati Ba Lunau: FANY PFUMO
15. Africa: ANIANO TAMELE

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9 comments:

John B said...

Matt:

Once again, great stuff. The sound quality is surprisingly good given it was digitized from cassette.

I was wondering if the recording information (labels, reference nos. etc) is available?

matt said...

John..the singles belonged to a friend of mine who had been on holiday in Maputo in 1990. She had bought the entire stock of the shop and had them lying around her apartment in Yeovil, Johannesburg. I took them all to my place and listened and taped the ones I thought were the pick of the bunch. Only now I wish I had made her an offer. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

daan said...

Nice one Matt. There's not much of this stuff around anymore. I always liked the laid back style of Mozambican music and it's better than people realise (once you get over the tacky synth sounds in vogue in the mid-late 80s); felt it was underrated because it's not as immediately catchy as, for example, the Zimbabwean stuff emerging at the same time. Anyway, nice that a wider audience can hear it now...

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Matt. Another excellent compilation of tunes and artists that are completely new to me but will certainly be on the radar from now on.

Tim, the man who forgot his password

Anonymous said...

man, I'm going to have to check in more often (as of May 3rd) the download link on these interesting singles is expired :(
hideo

Anonymous said...

OHHHH

It expired so fast, a couple of days !!!!

Is there a possibility it will be downloadable again ????

Please ?????

John B said...

I've been listening to this one pretty much continuously since you first posted it and it's been growing on me in surprising ways. Since Mozambique is such a large counrty it's understandable that there would be numerous musical styles. What I found interesting about this collection is that, apart from a couple of tracks, there's not much that is clearly "lusophone." A couple of tunes are clearly in a South African language (Shangaan?) or one closely related, while others sound like they could be by Oliver Mutukudzi.

It would be nice if some record company could get ahold of the master tapes and do this anthology up proper. Thanks once again for making it available. The quality of the music more than makes up for the minor sound faults.

Sun Ira said...

Matt, I know it says LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED, but I'm coming to the party late and would dearly love another crack at those Mozambican singles. Is there any chance they can go up again at some point? Pretty please?

David said...

(Available again at http://electricjive.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/id-like-to-spend-some-time-on.html )