Mbira Still

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Recorded in the UK and Swaziland, Mbira Still brings together mbira, kraa, guitars, lap steel, horns, strings, erhu and a whole bunch of other sounds selected after months of exploration and work. The influences of Swaziland and Zimbabwe permeate the sensitive, widescreen production.

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released December 20, 2011

All instruments, programming, arranging and production by blissful virtuous (Mark Bradshaw & Roo Pigott) except for;

Additional arranging, lap steel and electric guitar - Tim Bradshaw

Vocals on Fall - Sally Doherty

Trumpet on Fall & Dinane - James Hamilton

Vocals on Awololo & So Link - Mbongiseni Ngubane

Erhu on Desert & Glass - David Chang

Violin & viola on Desert & Mbuluzi - Simon Goffe

Vocals & lyrics on Rattling - Simon Wainwright

Clarinet on Mbuluzi - Richie Baxter

Spy guitar on Lo Stylers - Remi La Plage

The song “Dinane” uses two samples, taken and used with permission from the International Archive of Popular Music / VDE-Gallo recording, “Songs of the Swazi”.  The samples are from the tracks “Intfombi” performed by Gogo Mavuso and “Dinane” performed by Khokhiwe Mphila, two traditional musicians we worked with and recorded in Swaziland.  The musicians and/or their families will share any profits made from "Dinane". The “Songs of the Swazi” album is available from the Museum of Ethnology, Geneva. www.ville-ge.ch/meg/cd.php

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blissful virtuous UK

Our style is unique; a truly original writing partnership, seamlessly blending real instruments and sounds from around the world with cutting edge technology. This is no sample CD based generic sound – this is real. With two very disparate backgrounds - ethnomusicology and technology -we bridge a wide musical landscape, often working from opposite ends of the world as we source new influences. ... more

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