Jacaranda Muse were discovered and recorded in Harare, Zimbabwe by Heavenly Sweetness' Antoine Rajon. After seeing them perform at a festival he hastily arranged for them to record in a simple but practical Thulani studio for three days of live takes, in an effort to capture the raw emotion of their music.
Although it naturally incorporates the elements of their national culture, like the mbira (the Shona thumb piano), it is impossible to reduce the music of Jacaranda Muse to a specific genre or a geographical location. From the "English pop" melody of September Sun to the mutating jazz of Free Fall, from the "white" quality of the timbre of Vimbai's voice to the sound of Donald's classical cello, you will almost certainly find your preconceptions about the supposed nature of Zimbabwean music being overturned.
Personnel: Vimbai Mukarati (vocals alto saxophone, mbira), Donald Chifamba (cello), Filbert Marova (piano, mbira), Tinashe Mukarati (congas, marimbas)
- September Sun
- Thirty Five
- Let You Go
- Emergency Exit
- Still In Love
- Coming Home
- Free Fall
- Underwater Subway
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