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MABULU IN CONCERT (article first published : 2002-09-15)

Rainbow Jazz Club, in association with Awesome Africa Music Festival, has a treat lined up for supporters in the form of the seven member Mozambican group Mabulu who will perform on September 22. This concert forms part of the community outreach component of the festival, ensuring that as many citizens of the greater Durban community as possible get a chance to experience "Africa's greatest music festival".

“The streets of Maputo sweat a certain style,” reads the publicity, “a style of music entirely linked to its diverse and dyslexic past. The Portuguese colonialists with their flamenco guitar playing and romanticised sunsets on Lourenco Marques; the movement of people from the countryside and villages to the urban centres; the convergence of styles, sounds, rhythms and dances around a unique urban aesthetic; the revolution and the power of culture as it mobilised people to break free of the shackles of colonialism, the civil war spurred on by Western and apartheid South Africa's "total onslaught" against communism - all had a massive effect on music in Mozambique.”

Marrabenta is a certain style of music typically pertaining to the south of Mozambique, typically about Maputo - a frenetic, groove orientated, repetitive and sprawling dance music. Who better to bring the sounds of marrabenta to the Rainbow than Mabulu, internationally recognised as the leading band from Mozambique for many years?

Their most recent release Soul Marrabenta is critically acclaimed and their exciting stage presence ensures that the group is a popular feature on the international World Music festival circuit.

Mabulu today is a collaboration between the older generation and younger generation performers - it is marrabenta meets hip hop. "Rap music and marrabenta can't be separated", describes band leader Dilon. "Life goes on, we have a new generation now with their modern life. They don't need to know or behave like we lived 30 years ago. They want their own things.

“And so we have to make a mixture, to not abandon the traditional rhythms of the country. Rap isn't from Mozambique, the new generation wants to live other things, they want to hear other things from other countries. So this work is very good.” The rapper in the group, Chiquito, agrees. "They go together," he says," Marrabenta needs the message of the words of the rap music and the rap needs the marrabenta to reach all the people".

Considering the geographical proximity and the rapidly developing cultural and economic ties between Durban and Maputo, the performances of Mabulu at Awesome Africa and the Rainbow should be viewed as another small step in cementing these ties.

Mabulu appears at the Rainbow Restaurant on September 22. Doors open at 12h00 and the show starts at 13h00: Tickets R30 at the door (R25 Rainbow Jazz Club members). More details from 031 702-9161 or 083 463-8044. Check out www.livingtreasures.co.za for more information on Awesome Africa.




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