Saidi Kanda & Mvula Mandondo [Traditional, Rumba, Latin Fusion - Tanzania]

 

GENRE: Traditional, Rumba, Latin Fusion from Tanzania

 

Mvula Mandondo – ‘When rain falls, the beans grow’.

Founded by internationally respected percussionist, Saidi Kanda, who first made his name with Remmy Ongala’s Orchestra Super Matimila, Mvula Mandondo presents an original concoction of Tanzanian village roots, urban rumba and Afro-Caribbean influences, blending traditional and modern instruments. Saidi Kanda’s vocal virtuosity accompanied by commanding guitar-driven rhythms will make you move. Alternatively, you may just want to sit back, relax and let strings, thumb piano and harmonies, beats and guitar rhythms wash over you like tropical rain. Thats if you can sit still. Spanning a versatile range of musical styles this new music holds a few surprises with new sounds and blends you have never heard before.

The forthcoming release will be the first album exclusively featuring Saidi’s own compositions, showcasing his true talents, not only as a percussionist, but also as vocalist, composer, and traditional multi-instrumentalist with a highly unique and inimitable style and feel. This is Kanda as singer-songwriter backed by his own band, Mvula Mandondo. World Music is redefined.

The album is the result of collaboration with Edward Shearer who brings his talents to the table as multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer. He injects his own vision into the music, which always seems to fall in line with Saidi’s, bringing Caribbean, Latin, African and European influences. Edward also regards Saidi as his mentor in this unique African folk guitar style.

They draw upon influences from all over Africa and beyond its borders to Europe and the New World. The hypnotic melodies of the thumb piano, the infectious rhythms of the African guitar (zeze), the grooving bass lines and sweet harmonies of the acoustic and tinny guitars will leave you wanting more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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