Paivepo

COMPOSERS: Oliver Mtukudzi
LABELS: Putumayo
PERFORMER: Oliver Mtukudzi (vocal, guitar), etc
CATALOGUE NO: PUTU 168-2

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Paivepo is Zimbabwe’s biggest selling album ever. No surprise since OLIVER MTUKUDZI has been getting all ages going for decades. His is another really feeling voice, set against springy guitar riffs and solos. He sings about big issues of pride and inequality and close-to-home matters of work and parent-child relations.

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The ageless three-chord pattern comes up fresh with unending variety of timbre, pulse, pace and melody, and neat vocal backing. It’s deceptively simple and builds to an infectious sequence as the detail makes its mark.