Thursday, October 25, 2007
Big Up Karl!
I googled "The Marxist Brothers" to try and get more information on the today's LP and I came up with the following lyrics written by NOFX:
"The Marxist Brothers"
We meet in underground parking lots
And late night in coffee shops
With voices low unless we’re drunk
We've got hats and cop sunglasses
We question all that is wrong
We discuss conspiracy
Are we enemies of the state?
Or idealist bourgeoisie?
I’ll get this one, put it on my card
I get frequent flyer mileage
And a booklet of upgrades
So next time I visit the third world
I won’t have to fly second class
The people's revolution is gonna be a podcast
We took the bus to the anarchist book fair
I left the hybrid at home
I scored an extremely rare signed copy of the communist manifesto
We protested the G8, got maced by female police
In hot black uniforms and boots
I got one’s e-mail address
Still I’m waiting to see if my bid on eBay was enough
To get "Today’s Empires Are Tomorrow’s Ashes" on soviet red vinyl
It’s going on the wall next to "Tubthumper" and "The Battle Of Los Angeles"
Now that you're smiling here's the real reason for today's post: DavidN from the AfricanAmbiance discussion board has contributed to the Matsuli site with an upload of another Zimbabwean classic. This time is the band formerly known as The Marxist Brothers, namely Simon Chimbetu & Orchestra Dendera Kings. I got this LP in Harare during the printing shortages of 1989 and didn't get the lovely cover David has provided for us today. The style is Zimbabwean rumba with longer songs almost in a nod to the Congolese tradition. Cracking stuff and highly recommended.
Heres the tracklisting:
3. MUSORO WACHENA
4. PAKATI PEGUNGWA
5. ONE WAY
6. BVUMA MUKWASHA
And here's some background on SImon Chimbetu from the Zimbabwean Music Guide:
Simon Chimbetu (1955-2005) was one of the many Zimbabwean musicians who found their footing in bands before heading out to pursue solo careers. Chimbetu first found success in the Marxist Brothers. Formed by Simon with his brothers Naison, Brian, and Allan, the band had a string of hits during the 1980s and early 1990s. Despite backing Simon on his first solo effort, Karikoga, The Marxist Brothers eventually dissolved in the mid-90s as the members left to pursue their own careers, while others joined Simon’s backing band, Dendera Kings. This set the stage for Simon to assume the position of one of Zimbabwe’s premier rhumba artists. Taking the torch from acts such as Jonah Moyo, Chimbetu hit stardom with albums such as Survival, and Lullaby. Compared to most Zim rhumba, Simon’s songs feature guitar solos sandwiched between prominent vocal lines and repetitive guitar riffs. His music was similar to that of his earlier band, the Marxist Brothers, as well as popular rhumba musician Leonard Zhakata. His songs tended to focus on the working class and the poor; unsurprisingly, Chimbetu came out in support of the recent land grab.
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