TAKE ONE – HALLELUJAH CHICKEN RUN BAND by VARIOUS ARTISTS

SKU115060
ArtistVARIOUS ARTISTS
TitleTAKE ONE – HALLELUJAH CHICKEN RUN BAND
LabelANALOG AFRICA
Catalog #AALP 062
Genre
ReleaseW 49 - 2020
FormatVinyl - EULP
EAN Barcode4260126061415
Import
 € 22,50 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. hallelujah chicken run band / Patrick Mukwamba - mudzimu ndiringe
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_01_mudzimu_ndiringe.mp3
  2. hallelujah chicken run band / Patrick Mukwamba - kare nanhasi
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_02_kare_nanhasi.mp3
  3. hallelujah chicken run band / Elias Dzapati - tamba zimba navashe
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_03_tamba_zimba_navashe.mp3
  4. hallelujah chicken run band / Joshua Hlomayi & Thomas Mapfumo - ngoma yarira
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_04_ngoma_yarira.mp3
  5. hallelujah chicken run band / Wilson Jubane - sekai
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_05_sekai.mp3
  6. hallelujah chicken run band / Lovemore Nyamasvisva - manheru changamire
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_06_manheru_changamire.mp3
  7. hallelujah chicken run band / Elias Dzapati - gore iro
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_07_gore_iro.mp3
  8. hallelujah chicken run band / Daram Karanga- mukadzi wangu ndomuda
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_08_mukadzi_wangu_ndomuda.mp3
  9. hallelujah chicken run band / Thomas Mapfumo - alikulila
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_09_alikulila.mp3
  10. hallelujah chicken run band / Calisto Rupango - tinokumbira kuziva
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_10_tinokumbira_kuziva.mp3
  11. hallelujah chicken run band / Thomas Mapfumo - mutoridodo
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_11_mutoridodo.mp3
  12. hallelujah chicken run band / Elias Dzapati - ndopenga
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_12_ndopenga.mp3
  13. hallelujah chicken run band / Lovemore Nyamasvisva - mwana wamai dada naye
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_13_mwana_wamai_dada_naye.mp3
  14. hallelujah chicken run band / Robert Nekati - chaminuka mukuru
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/aalp_062_take_one/hallelujah_chicken_run_band_-_take_one_1974-79_-_14_chaminuka_mukuru.mp3

Description

The band that modernised Zimbabwean music, and by doing so revolutionised the music industry in their country. Available for the first time on vinyl (180 gramms)  with gatefold cover, and  now all tracks fully remastered !

In 1972, the country of Rhodesia – as Zimbabwe was then known – was in the middle of a long-simmering struggle for independence from British colonial rule.
In the hotels and nightclubs of the capital, bands could make a living playing a mix of Afro-Rock, Cha-Cha-Cha and Congolese Rumba. But as the desire for independence grew stronger, a number of Zimbabwean musicians began to look to their own culture for inspiration. They began to emulate the staccato sound and looping melodies of the mbira (thumb piano) on their electric guitars, and to replicate the insistent shaker rhythms on the hi-hat; they also started to sing in the Shona language and to add overtly political messages to their lyrics (safe in the knowledge that the predominantly white minority government wouldn’t understand them).
From this collision of electric instruments and indigenous traditions, a new style of Zimbabwean popular music – later known as Chimurenga, from the Shona word for ‘struggle’ – was born.
    
And there were few bands more essential to the development of this music than the Hallelujah Chicken Run Band. The band came into being when a young trumpet player named Daram Karanga offered to assemble a group to entertain the workers at a copper mine in the town of Mhangura.
    
The original line-up – which included legendary singer Thomas Mapfumo, who would bring the sounds of Chimurenga to the world in the early 1980s with his band the Blacks Unlimited, and Joshua Hlomayi, one of the pioneers of mbira- style guitar – started out playing the Rumba and Afro-Rock styles popular in the capital. Although this was a hit with the white owners of the mine, the workers greeted it with indifference. But when they started adding electric arrangements of traditional Shona music to their repertoire, the audience went wild.

With the addition of “Zim” sounds to their arsenal, the HCR Band became unstoppable. Their reputation spread quickly and, in 1974, they were invited to the capital to compete in a national music contest organised by the South-African Teal label. Not only did they win the competition, but they also attracted the attention of famed producer Crispen Matema, who quickly organised their first recording sessions.
On their first day at Jameson House studios, they recorded half a dozen songs, including “Ngoma Yarira” and “Murembo”, two singles that would alter the course of Zimbabwean popular music.
During the next five years, the band would relocate from their small mining town to the capital city, go through numerous line-up changes and pay a few more visits to the recording studio, without ever losing the raucous urgency that had transformed them from popular entertainers into titans of Zimbabwean culture.

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