Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Mocambique was perhaps Mozambique’s most prominent music ensemble in the 1980s and 90s. All Music Guide said:
"The group’s style of marrabenta, Mozambique’s urban dance music, featured two lead guitars set to the harmonic strains of a keyboard, a rhythm section that included bass, drums, and hand percussion, and a horn section featuring two trumpets and saxophone."
Nwahulwana (unfinished) (hear), a song which likens a woman to a nightbird, is a deeply prayerful, spiritual piece. It features Wazimbo’s piercing tenor voice and a lone electric guitar picking out a simple accompaniment. This is the voice of a man seeking something that is dear to him but just out of reach. I didn’t realize until doing someonline research that the song has been featured in a Microsoft ad campaign and the harrowing, extraordinary film, The Pledge with Jack Nicholson.
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