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Saba Saba!
Mil-Quinhento '1500' & Conjunto Popombo De Nampula
Saba Saba!
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Two all-acoustic, fiery-hot scratch bands with unique approaches and instrumentation recorded this CD in Mozambique in 1989, in a makeshift studio (a movie house, actually). Mil-Quinhento '1500' and Conjunto Popombo use a ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Mil-Quinhento '1500' & Conjunto Popombo De Nampula
Title: Saba Saba!
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Globe Style
Release Date: 12/7/1992
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 029667307727

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Two all-acoustic, fiery-hot scratch bands with unique approaches and instrumentation recorded this CD in Mozambique in 1989, in a makeshift studio (a movie house, actually). Mil-Quinhento '1500' and Conjunto Popombo use a zither known as a pankwe (strings across a board, with a tin can and a gourd for resonators) as their central sound. The addition of shakers, a brake-shoe bell, voices, and a tea chest with a gut string (which sounds like a wash-tub bass) make a thin but driving sound. The band also adds unusual vocal work to make its mark. A call and response between the singers creates a blizzard of rhythmic notes. Conjunto Nimala focus on the accordion of Nimala Carlos. They add vocals, percussion, another brake-shoe bell, and a bass drum. A droning single-chord structure leaves it all up to the rhythm, which they have in abundance, as the singers dance, sing, shout, and whistle these songs. In both bands you will hear a taste of Indonesia and the Caribbean, but only as an echo. This music is totally its own, and you have heard nothing like it. --Louis Gibson