‘When rain falls, the beans grow’. 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. Sit back, relax and let strings, thumb piano and harmonies wash over you like tropical rain, if you can sit still. Spanning a versatile range of musical styles this album holds a few surprises with new sounds and blends you have never heard before. Prepare to be ambushed!
Produced by Edward Shearer
Copyright © 2013 Saidi J. S. J. Kanda. All Rights Reserved.
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Saidi Kanda: Vocals, tinny guitar, acoustic guitar, thumb piano, congas (tracks 2, 4 & 9), hedungu, hindungu and gomé
Edward Shearer: Acoustic guitar, bass guitar, trés, congas, bongo, djembe, cajón, percussion and backing vocals
Chris Taylor: Drums on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5 & 9
Rafael Berrio: Vocals on track 7
All songs written and composed by Saidi J S J Kanda
Produced & arranged by Edward Shearer
Recorded and mixed by Edward Shearer at MV Studios, Brighton, UK
Drums recorded by Win at Black Wookie Studios, Lancing, UK
Ambient sounds on track 6 recorded in the Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Mastered by Tom Leader
Artwork by MishFit
Photography by Marisa Findlay
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