Double Check

Double Check

by Stella ChiwesheStella Chiweshe


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For Piranha's 100th album, Stella Chiweshe provides a double set. The first disc of Double Check showcases some of the older sounds that influenced the master mbira player, that she played long before taking her instrument to the Western masses. The tracks revolve around drum rhythms, ngoma, and simpler mbira techniques, prior to some of the cross-pollination with the guitar. The vocals are a little deeper than one might expect from Chiweshe, and the mbira playing is more sparse than one would expect. But this is roots music, history songs, ambient mood music from the period prior to the mbira's revival. On the second disc, newer pieces take the stage. The Africanized guitar shows up immediately, as does the marimba. The mbira takes a place behind, showing up only for a couple of tracks. The sound is vastly faster and more upbeat with the more contemporary works of the second half, but the lack of mbira playing seems out of place for a Stella Chiweshe album. The playing is exceptional throughout, and the compositions are of the caliber one would expect from her. Her older albums may prove a better place to start for a beginning listener (and those of Thomas Mapfumo as well perhaps), but this one isn't bad as more of a summarizing release. Give it a listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Piranha Germany
UPC: 0826863190029
catalogNumber: 1900

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stella Chiweshe   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hosho,Mbira,Ngoma
Houzam Mustapha   Drums,Guest Appearance
Sabah Habas Mustapha   Bass Guitar,Guest Appearance
Ephraim Saturday   Guitar
Virginia Mukwesha   Background Vocals,Hosho,Mbira
Samson Mirazi   Marimbas,Background Vocals
Leonard Ngwenya   Background Vocals,Soprano Marimba
Gordon Mapika   Drums,Background Vocals
Maruva Chikwatari   Background Vocals,Hosho
Charles Willie   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Stella Chiweshe   Composer,Producer
Colin Bass   Producer
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Producer
Max Reinhardt   Liner Notes
Gary Gordon   Engineer
Borkowsky Akbar   Executive Producer
Brigitte Bieg   Executive Producer
Peter "Cool Dude" Muparutsa   Engineer

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