Hallelujah Chicken Run Band Take One (Analog Africa No. 2)

Take One (Analog Africa No. 2)

Hallelujah Chicken Run Band

Released on April 20, 2015 by Analog Africa

Main artist: Hallelujah Chicken Run Band

Genre: World > Africa

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The founding fathers of Zimpop are presented here in all of their original glory, with the added bonus of some much-needed remastering. While most of Zimbabwe was still singing Western pop covers with a bit of rhumba mixed in, the Hallelujah Chicken Run Band were changing the sound of the country. Under the guidance of guitarist Joshua Hlomayi Dube and singer Thomas Mapfumo (in his earliest years), the band was replacing pop songs with traditional ideas -- the guitar being given a staccato sound to mimic aspects of the mbira, and Mapfumo's vocals mimicking its sounds as well. At the same time, lyrics were at least occasionally made political and rebellious, and sung in Shona, a major issue given the political climate of Rhodesia at the time. Here, some of the best recordings from the band's run are presented, including a handful from a very early session with Teal Records that launched the band nationally. The work is always excellent, and the band has far more coherence and ability than one might expect from a ragtag group of performers, barkeeps, part-time farmers, and the like. This album is an excellent piece both for those interested in the development of Zimbabwe's sound and those who are simply fans of Mapfumo. Additionally, it's just a mighty good listen. ~ Adam Greenberg
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Album : 1 disk - 18 tracks Total length : 01:04:36

  1. 1 Mudzimu Ndiringe

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  2. 2 Kare Nanhasi

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  3. 3 Ngoma Yarira

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  4. 4 Manheru Changamire

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  5. 5 Tamba Zimba Navashe

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  6. 6 Mutoridodo

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  7. 7 Mukadzi Wangu Ndomuda

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  8. 8 Sekai

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  9. 9 Gore Iro

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  10. 10 Murembo

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  11. 11 Mwana Wamai Dada Naye

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  12. 12 Musawore Moyo

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  13. 13 Alikulila

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  14. 14 Ndopenga

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  15. 15 Ngatiende Kumusha

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  16. 16 Shumba Inobva Mu Gomo

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  17. 17 Tinokumbira Kuziva

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

  18. 18 Chaminuka Mukuru

    Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, Performer - Joshua Hlomayi Dube, Composer Copyright : Analog Africa Analog Africa

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  • The founding fathers of Zimpop are presented here in all of their original glory, with the added bonus of some much-needed remastering. While most of Zimbabwe was still singing Western pop covers with a bit of rhumba mixed in, the Hallelujah Chicken Run Band were changing the sound of the country. Under the guidance of guitarist Joshua Hlomayi Dube and singer Thomas Mapfumo (in his earliest years), the band was replacing pop songs with traditional ideas -- the guitar being given a staccato sound to mimic aspects of the mbira, and Mapfumo's vocals mimicking its sounds as well. At the same time, lyrics were at least occasionally made political and rebellious, and sung in Shona, a major issue given the political climate of Rhodesia at the time. Here, some of the best recordings from the band's run are presented, including a handful from a very early session with Teal Records that launched the band nationally. The work is always excellent, and the band has far more coherence and ability than one might expect from a ragtag group of performers, barkeeps, part-time farmers, and the like. This album is an excellent piece both for those interested in the development of Zimbabwe's sound and those who are simply fans of Mapfumo. Additionally, it's just a mighty good listen. ~ Adam Greenberg

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