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Ephat Mujuru: Ancient Wisdom: Songs and Fables from Zimbabwe

A deceptively simple album, Ephat Mujuru’s Ancient Wisdom: Songs and Fables from Zimbabwe (Latitudes 50616; 46:54), is a fine example of the entrancing charms of the mbira put to good use. The Zimbabwean musician, heard on the fine mbira duet album Shona Spirit a few years back, handles the solo task beautifully, combining the resonant riches and rolling patterns of the African thumb piano with gentle vocals and talespinning.

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