The members of the Zonke family from Nyamapanda, Zimbabwe, belong to the few remaining master musicians of the matepe, a type of lamellophone which belongs to the family of the mbira. This complex interlocking music is played on each instrument with four fingers, each employing independent rhythmic patterns which effects many psychoacoustic tricks on the listener’s ear.
The musicians seek to pass on the cultural expressions of the Marembe people to younger players, an attempt which is hindered by the country’s economic struggle as well as the fierce opposition of non-tolerant churches towards any indigenous religions. It seems likely that the current generation will be the last one to play this ve- nerable music.
This is the first time ever a full matepe ensemble is captured on a studio album. We hope this album is a step towards bringing this music to new audiences – as well as a contribution to its preservation.
released September 11, 2020
ANTHONY ZONKE - MATEPE, NGOMA, VOCALS
BOYI NYAMANDE (CHIEF GORONGA) - MATEPE, NGOMA, VOCALS
CRISPEN ZONKE - HOSHO, NGOMA, VOCALS
ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENTS ON B4 PLAYED BY
Produced by Maxy Weissenfeldt at Tonstudio Blütenring, Berlin Engineered and co-produced by Benjamin Spitzmüller
Mastered and cut by Mike Grinser at Man Made Mastering, Berlin Graphics by Jana Weiz & Maxy Weissenfeldt.
Photos by Benjamin Spitzmüller (front) and Zack Moon (back) Production management by Angelika Schwarz at HWC, Berlin
All songs are traditional, arranged by The Zonke Family
Special thanks to Gabriele Tuch, Christoph Linder and Detlef Diederichsen
For more informations visit matepe.org
Executive produced by Stefan Franke and Maxy Weissenfeldt
Edition Mavawe / Budde Music
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