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I'm a big international music fan and have bought many CDs distributed under the Putumayo World Music label. Whoever finds their artists is a genius, you just can't go wrong. Definitely add this one, and any of the others, to your collection.
Oliver Mtukudzi plays absolutely beautiful music. He blends various forms of traditional African music, including the haunting mbira sound. The result has been dubbed Tuku Music. There is something fascinating, addictive, and just delicious about it. Once you scratch the surface, read about the meanings of the songs, and give yourself over to it, you discover a different dimension: the serene beauty of the effervescent melodies juxtaposed with hauntingly beautiful chants, and a voice that tells stories of pain, longing, hope and celebration. And this is something African music does. Be warned. It can bring tears to your eyes.
I am a fan of many types of African music, however, Oliver Mtukudzis music is something I have turned many people on to: it does not matter that you don't speak the language, or are not versed in the background traditions, or African music in general. None of that matters. Turn on the music, give it a chance, and you will be carried away. And you can play this as you drive, alone in your room, at parties: I would be so bold as to say it can be played anywhere, anytime, from weddings to funerals, for kids and the elderly. And everyone loves it when they listen to it.
It will also send you on a quest for more Zimbabwean music. That will be fun, and extremely enriching.
I am even listening now as I type this review. Olver Mtukudzis music is now a part of who I am, I hope it becomes a part of you.
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This man's music is for the soul. Dont know what he's sayin but i now got three albums of his and I might move to that country.Published on March 17, 2014 by mfarr
good album... very good album it reminds me of good old days. i advice anyone to buy this, it arrived within a week of me ordering it, which was good considering it was coming from... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Intentionally or unintentionally, every artist conveys himself through his art. Oliver Mtukudzi's gravelly-edged voice suggests a man who has seen his share of trouble and... Read morePublished on August 13, 2010 by Paul L. Laclair
While "Tuku Music" is earthy,this album is lighter in tone.This is joyful;some hear Carribean influences in it,such as soukous. Read morePublished on June 16, 2006 by Amaranth