Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited
Exploring the voice has always been an exciting part of the Real World Records catalogue and some outstanding vocal performances come courtesy of musicians from Africa who have recorded for the label.
Thomas Mapfumo’s Rise Up features as part of our Voices of Africa campaign where a selection of albums by our African artists can be purchased on CD or LP with a 25% discount by using the code >> realworld25 << at checkout.
Albums included are:
Les Amazones d’Afrique Republique Amazone CD / LP
Ayub Ogada En Mana Kuoyo CD / LP
Papa Wemba Emotion CD / LP
Geoffrey Oryema Exile CD /LP
Maryam Mursal The Journey CD
Thomas Mapfumo Rise Up CD
The Drummers of Burundi Live at Real World CD
Angry as hell
The shimmer of the mbiras – the steel-keyed thumb-piano central to Shona traditional music – are evident throughout the album; but what is something of a revelation is a new horn section that regularly chips in with breaks that Hugh Masekela or the late Dudu Pukwana would have been proud of…. This album should reassure his millions of African fans that Mapfumo is back – although, in spirit, he has never really been away.
The lion of Zimbabwe is roaring again…
“Rise Up” reflects the endless breadth of Mapfumo’s influences, from Afro jazz to Shona spirit music to rock and reggae. His tunes are always hook-rich, melodically and rhythmically multifaceted, yet tracked in a rough-and-ready fashion that prizes feel way above meticulousness.