The full 13 track album to have and to hold, complete with hidden surprises and a beautifully designed insert with liner notes about the songs, and the extra perk of having it autographed on request. Welcome to the Shiwezwa family!
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Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Also comes with a pdf of the liner notes as a bonus item.
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Limited edition, hand-printed Shiwezwa T-shirt
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A Sunday Times Top 100 Albums of 2014
"... a contender for debut album of the year...Exuberant, poetic and uplifting" ~ Sunday Times
* * * * "... one of the most original newcomers of the year" ~ The Guardian
* * * * "... one of the bright new names of the year" ~ Evening Standard
* * * * ... a tesco bag for life full of African sunshine ~ Gigs & Bands
* * * * ~ Financial Times
"Bright, bold, and vivid!"~ fRoots
"Captivating vocals and undeniable songwriting talent" ~ TGA Magazine
"Her band is packed to the rafters with talent" ~ Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 (Late Junction)
"A real blend of worlds...unusual and distinctive...one to watch, definitely" ~ Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3 (World on 3)
The debut album from Zambian-Scottish singer and songwriter Namvula explores her Zambian roots, and references with ease the worlds of pop, jazz and folk. It is a homecoming, a cross-pollination, a conversation between cultures and worlds, an invitation onto a journey...
released November 3, 2014
Namvula Rennie - guitar, vocals
Liran Donin - electric & double bass, keyboards, guitar, guembri, vocals, claps
Mamadou Sarr - percussion
Alfred ‘Kari’ Bannerman - guitar
Chris Williams - sax, vocals, shakers
John Blease - drums
Kadialy Kouyaté - kora, vocals
Joyce Moholoagae, Kyzai Lugangira, Kimba Mutanda, Ange da Costa, Sepiso Situmbeko, James Sakala, Amy Doyley, Leeto Thale
Produced by Liran Donin at Eden Studios
Additional production by Sonny
Arranged by Namvula Rennie, Liran Donin
Recorded at Kore Studios except: Yumya Moyo, Nsalamo (by Liran Donin at Eden Studios), Kumushi (Tyme Lyne Studios, Twelftree Studios, Eden Studios)
Mixed by Sonny at Cowshed Studios
Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios
All songs written by Namvula Rennie except: Na Ndayeya (Maureen Lilanda), Umoyo Wanga (Namvula Rennie, Maureen Lilanda), Yumya Moyo (Namvula Rennie, Muntu Valdo), Old Man (Namvula Rennie, Al Hunter). All songs arranged by Namvula Rennie & Liran Donin.
You don't even need to read the info to know they are singing of peace and love energy. this is such pure music -- not in a fetishization of ethnic music kinda way. it's so clear that this all resonates from a heart center. the recordings are raw and encapsulate sitting literally anywhere except a recording studio making music. love this to pieces. sumptuous