Artist Profiles: Monoswezi

Monoswezi – Photo by Johannes Lovund

Monoswezi is a multinational collective of musicians originally from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe. Monoswezi was formed thanks to a cultural exchange program between Africa and Norway in 2008. Hallvard Godal lived in Mozambique and met Calu Tsemane. Soon after, Tsemane and Zimbabwean Hope Masike connected with Godal back in Norway and began making music together.

Monoswezi’s musicians share a passion for traditional African music in general, and specially music from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The music includes traditional and original compositions rooted in traditional African music, jazz and western influences.

Band members include Hope Masike on vocals, mbira, percussion; Calu Tsemane on vocals, percussion; Hallvard Godal on saxophone, clarinet, harmonium; Putte Johander on bass; and Erik Nylander on drums and percussion

Discography:

The Village (Riverboat Records, 2013)
Monoswezi Yenga (Riverboat Records, 2015)
A Je (Riverboat Records, 2017)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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