Review of Rebel Woman Album by Chiwoniso

The blend of a beautiful vocals and bouncing, life affirming, rhythms of Africa make for a wonderful introduction to Chiwoniso and Zimbabwean music. Supported by interlocking melodies of the mbira and the heavy grooves of an all-star lineup featuring some of the best musicians in Zimbabwe and South Africa, Chiwoniso's vocals are full of defiant strength and thoughtful tenderness. 

Chiwoniso Rebel Woman Album

The sound of Chiwoniso recalls the creamy soul of India.Aire, the combustion of Angelique Kidjo, the insight of Oliver Mtukudzi and the revolution of Thomas Mapfumo, Chiwoniso is one of the most exciting and more accessible talents in African music today.

"I am like a mirror," declares Chiwoniso Maraire. "I basically sing about what I see happening in the world. If someone comes up to me in the street to ask for money I'll sing about that. If people are jumping borders because their economic situation is too difficult, I'll sing about that. If the police are beating people up and intimidating them, I'll sing about that."

Chiwoniso has recharged creative energy; the African singer has spent the majority of the last few years working with producer Keith Farquharson on Rebel Woman.

Rebel Woman was recorded in Zimbabwe, South Africa, as well as England and Vermont (where Cumbancha and its partner company Charles Eller Studios are based), the album has some amazing guest performers. Louis Mhlanga, South African icon Hugh Masekela, Zimbabwean Drummer Sam Mataure, saxophonist/flautist Steve Dyer, percussionist Rony Irwyn, guitarist Ivan Duran and keyboardist Charles Eller.

Chiwonisos Rebel Woman will be released worldwide in September 2008

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