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by Forward Kwenda

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    This special vinyl edition of Forward Kwenda ' Chawapiwa album is a numbered screenprinted edition release, strictly limited to 150 copies.
    The cover artwork is taken from Georgina Maxim's work: "Letters I wasn't supposed to read". Presented as textile sculptures like a diary made from second-hand clothes, the pieces bear the history and memory of the ghost corps that once wore them. Georgina Maxim lives and works in Zimbabwe where she founded the artistic collective, Village Unhu.

    The visual adaptation and screen-printing was done by Vivien Le Jeune Durhin from PPP studio, Paris.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Chawapiwa via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      €35 EUR or more 


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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Chipindura 06:38
Tadzungaira 08:57


“When I pick up my mbira, I don't know what is going to happen. The music just goes by itself, taking me higher and higher until I can end up crying because the music is so much greater than a human being can understand.....I just have to get out of the way so spirits can make my mbira play - it isn't me - I'm just amazed.”
Forward Kwenda was born in the Buhera area of Manicaland, Zimbabwe. This area is known for its fierce resistance to colonial rulers and respect for Shona tradition. Forward Kwenda has always played Mbira, for the spirits, the ancestors, the land of Zimbabwe and the world around it. An undisputed master of this eminently spiritual instrument, he has developed a complex and unique melodic technique that has led him to perform and teach in the United States, Europe and Japan.
The EP Chawapiwa, is the result of a collaboration with two of his students: Yann Dubois and Shiho Manabe.
The B-Side of this 12” is a remix and a loving tribute to Zimbabwe by Dj Oil, a french producer and dj.


released December 11, 2019

Forward Kwenda : Mbira, Vocals, Hosho, Ngoma, Makwa (clapping)
Yann Dubois : Mbira, Vocals
Shiho Manabe: Mbira on Chipindura
Recorded and mixed by Paraclet William at Big Boys Studio, Harare.
Mastered by Franck Merrit at Carvery Studio, London.

Ashes (Dj Oil Remix)
Produced and mixed by Lionel Corsini
Mastered by Franck Merrit at Carvery Studio, London.


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Nyami Nyami Records is a french label promoting music mainly from Southern Africa. Nyami Nyami Record's mission is to touch the soul and ears of the people with music made with passion, love, respect and talent. Our releases feature unique recordings by some of the most fascinating musicians from the Southern African region through new productions, reissues and rare projects and collaborations. ... more

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