The Mighty Zulu Nation
Abantu (Nation Records, 2004)
On Abantu, South African group The Mighty Zulu Nation teams up with Aki Nawaz, of Fundamental. Nawaz is known for his electronic experimentation, but nAbantu he decided to simplify things. “The youthful Mighty Zulu Nation, comprising of 12 singers, was an experience in itself and the tuning and experimentation is an art of its own,” says Nawaz. “Such melodies and scales touch the human spirit in many forms. Due to the love and respect for their art, it was decided after many versions to keep things simple.”Nawaz kept his word. Even though there are keyboards throughout the album, the vocals play the leading role. Along with the vivid South African vocals, there is rapping, accompanied by bhangra beats. Part of the album was recorded in Pakistan, using musicians who had never been exposed to the splendid vocal styles of South Africa.
This gem came out in 2004 and should be added to any serious world music collection.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.